Last summer media headlines proclaimed that 1000 British medical graduates could not find work in the NHS. In apparent response, the Home Office announced in March that all doctors from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) in training posts will need work permits.
The announcement, which has taken everyone, including the BMA, by surprise, will have serious implications for overseas doctors who are midway through their training in the UK.
Doctors affected held a protest outside the Department of Health, organised by a coalition of overseas doctors' associations in the UK.
Meanwhile, the BMA has been fighting a rearguard battle to protect the careers of potentially thousands of non-EEA medical graduates—so far, with little result. It has sent examples of possibly discriminatory job advertisements to the Commission for Racial Equality and written to the immigration minister, Tony McNulty, seeking clarification for doctors who have refugee status and might wrongly be