RCP calls for ‘proportional and flexible’ immigration system to benefit healthcare in the UK following Migration Advisory Committee report

Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) responds to the Migration Advisory Committee’s report into a salary threshold and points-based immigration system which was published today.

Professor Andrew Goddard, president of the Royal College of Physicians said:

“We’d strongly encourage the Home Office to change its tone on immigration. The health and social care system is heavily reliant on the skills, passion and professionalism of staff from across the world and it’s essential we create a welcoming environment that values their vital contribution.

“Our future immigration system must be proportional and flexible, and one that supports employers to access talent worldwide. This includes the government taking action to reduce the bureaucracy and costs for applicants and their families.

“We must also be mindful of over-dependence on international recruitment to prevent negative consequences for countries that are suffering their own medical workforce shortages. This is why we continue to urge the government to both expand the Medical Training Initiative and double the number of medical school places in order to grow a sustainable supply of doctors.”