Scrap the Cap: Dr Nnaemeka Chidumije appears on Sky News

Today Dr Nnaemeka Chidumije, an NHS surgeon whose visa has been denied to return to the UK appeared on Sky News. Alongside Dr Iain Campbell, Secretary General of the Independent Health Professional Association, Dr Chidumije discussed his case as well as DAUK's campaign Scrap the Cap.

Dr Chidumijie had this to say:

"I've lived in the UK since 2013, I've enjoyed working in the NHS, it's been a privilege."

"I am very keen to come back to the Uk and continue the job I love I work with brilliant trainers, colleagues, nurses, doctors, healthcare works, and it's been such a privilege to work in the NHS"

"I have got brilliant colleagues from the DAUK going with this Scrap the Cap campaign they have been brilliant and intend to come back to the UK and continue my work as a surgical trainee in the NHS".

Home Office statement

A Home Office spokesperson gave this statement.

Dr Iain Campbell, Secretary-General of the IHPA had this to say in response:

"It's an outrageous example of a tickbox mentality. The NHS is drastically short staffed, for [the government] to try and claim that this is somehow acting in the national interest is frankly outrageous."

"There's a very human consequence to this and my heart goes out to Dr Chidumije"

"Immigrants far from being a problem to our health care service, they are the backbone and fundamentally the service would not work without their help".

"It is madness that doesn't take into account the needs of the system. We desperately need as many people as we can get, there is no way the NHS is not struggling without him [Dr Chidumije]."

"I am very grateful to DAUK for the excellent work they have done on the Scrap the Cap PR drive to raise awareness of this issue"

You can watch the full interview below courtesy of Dr Kishan Rees of WatMed Media.

Dr Nnaemeka Chidumije on Sky News 31st May alongside Dr Iain Campbell. Video courtesy of Dr Kishan Rees of WatMed Media

Scrap the Cap: NHS surgeon forced to return to Nigeria

A talented NHS surgeon has been forced to return to his home country of Nigeria. Dr Nnaemeka Chidumije has been working in the NHS since moving to the United Kingdom in 2013. On separating from his British wife and lapse of his spousal visa, Dr Chidumije was advised by the Home Office to return to Nigeria on the alleged promise of returning under a Tier 2 highly skilled migrant visa. His application, sponsored by Health Education England, has now been refused four times. 

In a letter to Mr Ian Mearns MP, Dr Chidumije's colleagues and fellow surgeons attest to his talent and describe him as "a doctor with considerable natural ability". His fellow surgeons further express frustration that the current immigration policy has "failed to recognise the contribution of this exceptional individual to the NHS and his potential to greatly benefit this country in the future" and state that the hospital he was working in has now been left "short staffed".

The Doctors' Association UK are supporting Dr Chidumije through what has been a difficult and devastating experience. Dr Chidumije said "I am unable to return to the job I love and the place I now call home. My post in the NHS is one of many vacant positions in the NHS contributing to a staffing crisis" 

The Doctors' Association UK is co-ordinating a national campaign on Dr Chidumje's behalf as part of our ongoing campaign Scrap the Cap. DAUK has written a letter to Theresa May on behalf of Dr Chidumije and have also started petition for his visa to be granted. 

You can add your signature below or read our letter in full.