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Wednesday 19 June 2019
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Restrictions on doctors unlawful

Restrictions on the right of thousands of foreign doctors to work in the UK have been ruled unlawful.

Guidance issued by the government two years ago advised NHS employing bodies that foreign, non-EU postgraduate doctors and dentists seeking training posts should only be employed if there were no suitable UK or EU candidates.

But the House of Lords has ruled then Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt acted unfairly in "dashing the legitimate expectations" of practitioners who had been encouraged to come to this country to help staff the NHS.