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UK NRI doctors delighted Court ruling for recruitment in state-run NHS
The court ruled that the order by the Department of Health regarding employment of doctors on the High-Skilled Migrant Programme was not lawful.


London, Nov. 10, 2007
Dr. Surinder Singh

NRI doctors wins justice for International Medical Graduates and welcomed the landmark court ruling which upheld their appeal against a discriminatory government directive that gave preference to British and Europeans over other overseas medicos for recruitment in state-run National Health Service.

Dr Satheesh Mathew, Vice Chair BAPIO (Operations). "This judgement will mean that Indian doctors and other International medical graduates in the UK can continue to support the NHS as they have done so for the past 40 years"

Dr Raman Lakshman, Vice Chair for Policy for BAPIO said "We are delighted, this will reduce stress among tens of thousands of doctors who are providing excellent care every day within the NHS. This judgment means that these International Medical Graduates can continue to be treated on merit in any recruitment process "

BAPIO, The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin were delighted after the judgement was handed down ON Nov. 09, 2007 at the High Court upholding their appeal that advice given by the Department of Health to NHS employers regarding doctors on the Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) was not lawful.

The appeal was heard by LORD JUSTICE SEDLEY, LORD JUSTICE MAURICE KAY and LORD JUSTICE RIMER. The Lord Justices were unanimous in agreeing that the DH guidance was wrong.

Dr Buddhdev Pandya OBE, Corporate Advisor to BAPIO, said "this was a landmark judgement and now is the time for us all to work with the Home Office and Department of Health in a constructive way to heal the wounds and build up again a diverse and highly trained workforce."

Dr Ramesh Mehta, President of BAPIO, thanked everyone who had helped to fight the case. "The first person I would like to thank is Mr Rajendra Chaudhary whose guidance was crucial in this struggle. We would also like to thank Anthony Robinson of Linder Myers solicitors and our counsel led by Rabinder Singh QC. We also want to thank all the hundreds of doctors who contributed their hard earned money to make this fight possible" he said. He continued "We see BAPIO's role as one of advocacy for international medical graduates and ethnic minority doctors and also an organisation that will support these doctors both at time of difficulty and to achieve clinical and professional excellence."

Professor Raman Bedi, Chair of BAPIO said "these have been unfortunate times but now an opportunity exists for everyone to work together on NHS reforms and make health care in the country the envy of the world. IMG came to this country to support this vision and have supported the NHS since its inception in 1948. Today's judgement will allow them to do so well into the 21st century. Also, we remember with gratitude Dr Imran Yousaf one of our members whose life was lost as a result of the stress of this sad episode."

BMA, The British Medical Association's Chairman believes that this is the right decision. Doctors on the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme came to the UK in the honest expectation of careers in the NHS


The Physicians of Indian origin have made significant contributions in building and sustaining the National Health Service. The Indian Origin implies people who have origins in the countries of the Indian sub-continent including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal......Read More