The Independent: Dr Mu-Chun Chiang: Home Office backtracks on threat to deport NHS doctor

The Home Office has backtracked on a threat to deport an NHS junior doctor following media coverage of the case.

Mu-Chun Chiang, 27, who first came to the UK 22 years ago, was told she faced being deported or jailed after she made a small error in a visa application.

She told The Independent it had left her “panicked” and in a “state of shock”.

But following widespread coverage in the news media, the Home Office has now granted her leave to remain. This week the DAUK intervened in Dr Mu Chiang’s case, calling on the Home Office to reconsider their decision. DAUK’s call on the Home Office was published in both The Independent and The Guardian.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, DAUK’s Vice-Chair said the government should review its “senseless” hostile environment policy.

He said: “We are pleased to hear that the Home Office has seen sense and reconsidered their stance in Dr Chiang’s case. At a time when pressures in our NHS are ever-increasing the government’s senseless policies have the result of driving valuable qualified doctors out of the country.

“We are calling on the Home Office to review their actions in this case, learn from them and immediately put right the inadequacies of their systems which nearly deprived the patients Liverpool of a future GP.”