Doctors secure a backdated reimbursement of the Immigration Health Surcharge. Click here to find out how to apply online.
The Doctors’ Association UK has been campaigning for months for Indefinite Leave to Remain to be granted for all frontline NHS workers who have served during the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we are delighted to be able to announce that a Bill is being tabled to grant ILR to all health and social care workers.
Boris Johnson has failed to say when his promise to scrap NHS fees paid by foreign health and care workers will come into force – almost one month after it was announced.
his week, it was revealed that hundreds of doctors are still being charged the £400 annual fee, a sum due to soar from to £624 from this October.
Dr Dolin Bhagawati, of Doctors' Association UK, said: “These workers are paying up to four times over for the NHS – through their service, taxes, this surcharge and, in some tragic cases, with their lives.
Doctors have accused ministers of “a crass betrayal” by not honouring Boris Johnson’s pledge to scrap the £400-a-year fees foreign-born NHS staff have to pay for healthcare.
The Doctors’ Association UK has written to Priti Patel, the home secretary, criticising the delay as “unacceptable”.
“It shows a crass betrayal of thousands of migrant healthcare staff who have served this country during its time of desperate need.”
A Syrian hospital cleaner who went viral after sharing a video about the lack of support for foreign workers in the NHS has moved on from a Covid-19 ward to volunteer at a food bank.
A new poll conducted by Doctors’ Association UK found that 158 NHS workers reported still having to pay the immigration health surcharge.
DAUK spokesperson Dr Dolin Bhagawati said: “Members have been completely aghast that the vast majority of migrant healthcare workers are still being forced to pay the immigration health surcharge despite promises to the contrary from Boris Johnson’s administration.
Foreign NHS workers and carers are still being charged for using the health service, despite the prime minister’s pledge to scrap these fees “as soon as possible”.
But a poll conducted by Doctors Association UK exclusively shared with the Guardian showed 158 NHS workers reported having to continue to pay for immigration health surcharge, while just eight reporting said they did not.