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12 Feb 2019

Indian doctors and other healthcare professionals working in Britain are currently campaigning against what they say is as an unfair doubling of a surcharge imposed on them because they are from outside the European Union but living and working in Britain.

The UK’s Immigration Health Surcharge was introduced in April 2015, but from December 2018 it was raised from 200 British pounds to 400 pounds per year.

It is imposed on anyone in the UK on a work, study or family visa for longer than six months. The money is meant to help funds for the National Health Service (NHS).

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) argues that the hike in the surcharge will severely affect attempts to recruit more healthcare professionals from India to meet staff shortages in the NHS.

It also says there are already stringent regulatory and financial hurdles for Indian doctors working in Britain.

The BAPIO is on the case and lobbying the UK Home Office directly, asking for the increase to be dropped.

But so far, the Government has not warmed to the request.

Published: 12 Feb 2019