DAUK in The Guardian: ‘We feel insulted’: migrant health workers on PM’s refusal to scrap NHS surcharge

Morale has been "decimated" by the government's refusal to remove the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS), at a time when overseas healthcare workers are working harder than ever in our NHS.

"Dr Samantha Batt-Rawden, president of the Doctors' Association UK said: “The Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS) for NHS workers is a cruel and unnecessary policy which must be scrapped. These surcharges, which run into the thousands for a family of four, can be crippling for frontline NHS workers. Doctors from overseas have told us that this policy has made them feel unwelcome in the UK. The fact that the charge has been increased even further during the Covid pandemic has decimated morale amongst our overseas workforce.“

”We were grateful to Sir Keir Starmer for reading out our letter to the Home Office at PMQs today and would welcome an amendment to the Immigration Bill to exempt NHS healthcare workers from the surcharge.” "

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DAUK in The Guardian: doctors welcome NHS surcharge u-turn

Dr Rebecca Lewis, of the Doctors‘ Association UK said the organisation was delighted with the U-turn. “At all times, but especially in the current pandemic, it is absolutely right that health workers who should be exempt from an extra charge to access the health service they contribute so much,” she said. “We are privileged to have them care for us, and finally this has been recognised. This a welcome decision from Boris Johnson and one we applaud.”

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