IT SHOULD NOT HAVE TAKEN A PANDEMIC FOR THE PRIME MINISTER TO FINALLY RECOGNISE THE SERVICE OF OVERSEAS DOCTORS AND NURSES COMING TO WORK IN THE NHS
We very pleased to hear that NHS health and care workers will now be exempted from the unfair Immigration Health Surcharge just 24 hours after the Doctors’ Association UK’s letter with APPNE and BAPIO was read by Sir Keir Starmer at PMQs. 
The Doctors’ Association UK has been lobbying the Home Office for nearly 2 years to scrap the unfair surcharge, which forces frontline NHS staff from overseas to pay to access the very NHS they give so much to. 
Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, President of the Doctors’ Association UK said:
“The Doctors’ Association UK welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement that NHS health and care workers to be exempted from the deeply unfair Immigration Health Surcharge. At a time when doctors and nurses from overseas are putting their lives on the line, exempting them from the surcharge is only right in recognition of their service to our country. We now must move forward in acknowledging the enormous contribution healthcare workers to our health service. DAUK will continue to call for Indefinite Leave to Remain for all frontline healthcare workers who have served in the NHS during the pandemic.”
1. The Doctors’ Association UK (DAUK) is a professional association for UK doctors. Run by frontline NHS doctors, DAUK campaigns for patients and the NHS as well as advocating for the medical profession.
2. On the 18th of May DAUK wrote to the Home Secretary in a collaboration with BAPIO and APPNE after a u-turn on her promise to review the surcharge. This letter was read at Prime Minister’s Questions on 20th May by Sir Keir Starmer.
3. DAUK has been leading the call for the Immigration Health Surcharge to be scrapped in our Scrap the Surcharge campaign.