The Independent: DAUK intervenes in case of GP trainee threatened with deportation by the Home Office

junior doctor who has lived in the UK for most of her life has said she felt like packing up and leaving after being told to leave the country or face deportation. DAUK has urged the Home Office to reconisder.

Mu-Chun Chiang, 27, has spent 18 years in the UK. But despite this, she received a letter telling her she had a week to leave the country or risk either being kicked out or up to six months’ imprisonment after her visa application was rejected over what campaigners described as a “nonsensical administrative issue”.

Dr Chiang, who works at Liverpool’s Aintree University Hospital, moved to the UK in 2006 to study in Cambridge and previously lived in Glasgow with her parents from 1997 to 2002.

Dr Rinesh Parmar, vice chairman of the Doctors’ Association UK, told The Independent the threat to deport Dr Chiang over a “technicality” after she has studied, trained and worked in this country “shows flagrant disregard for the contribution that Dr Chiang has made and continues to make to our society”.

He added: “At a time when the NHS is short of around 10,000 doctors, the threatened deportation of Dr Chiang is extremely worrying.

“Giving a junior doctor working in the UK just 10 days to leave the country or face prosecution is not only inhumane, but completely defies common sense. 

“The NHS can ill afford to lose a single doctor and we would urge the Home Office to reconsider.”

A Home Office spokesperson said: “We are reconsidering Ms Chiang’s application now that further evidence has been provided.”