Press release: DAUK writes to Home Secretary asking for the Immigration Health Surcharge to be scrapped

The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) has partnered with the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) and the Association of Pakistani Physicians of Northern Europe (APPNE) in writing to the Home Secretary Priti Patel about the unfair immigration health surcharge.

DAUK has been campaigning for the scrapping of the Immigration Health Surcharge which is due to increase to £624 per year in October 2020.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, Chair of the Doctors’ Association UK said:

“Our multinational workforce of doctors, nurses and carers have risen to overcome all the challenges of COVID-19 pandemic. Their selflessness, dedication and resolve have no doubt contributed to the care of thousands of patients. Yet again we see broken promises from the Home Office, initially announcing a review into the immigration health surcharge and then rolling back on this promise within days.

Our colleagues from other countries already pay taxes and national insurance contributions. To not review and scrap the surcharge at this time is kick in the teeth and betrayal that shows utter contempt and disregard for their efforts during the pandemic.”