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Put General Practitioners on the Home Office’s ‘Shortage Occupation List’

https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/200523

GP Practices in rural areas struggle to recruit doctors, forcing many surgeries to close. There are many GPs from outside the EU who would like to work in the UK. However, Practices can’t offer them a job without going though the visa bureaucracy, and the NHS is losing many good doctors as a result.  For example, Lincolnshire patients are suffering due to the lack of GPs [1]. In Lincoln, surgeries are closing as a result [2]. The Home Office have been asked to put GPs on the ‘shortage occupation’ list, but have refused to do this. This is unacceptable.

[1] http://lincolnshirereporter.co.uk/2017/09/i-dont-bother-trying-anymore-man-with-heart-disease-says-queues-outside-gp-are-now-a-joke/ 
[2] http://thelincolnite.co.uk/2017/09/lincoln-gp-surgery-close-merge-new-plans

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Deadline19 March 2018

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