According to a survey released on May 30, 2018, Britons support a more liberal visa system for foreign medical staff and doctors from countries like India so that National Health Service meets skill shortage. You Gov conducted the survey on behalf of 38 Degrees, a campaign group from the United Kingdom. The survey revealed that 14 percent of British citizens are okay with the current monthly cap on non-European Union skilled workers. 71 percent agreed that the British government should approve visa applications based on what the National Health Service needs. The survey was conducted a few days after more than 1,000 Indian doctors were denied tier 2 visas despite being recruited by the National Health Service. They weren’t given the visa because UK Home Office reached its monthly tier 2 visa limit. Because of the limit, many NHS trust hospitals are short-staffed. It seems like the NHS is most affected by the monthly cap. Dr. Chaand Nagpaul, chairperson, British Medical Association Council wants a more flexible immigration system that doesn’t turn away doctors that are needed by the country. While more than 100,000 NHS positions still remain empty, the UK tier 2 visa reached its cap for the fifth time in a row.
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