RCSEd President responds to government news on overseas doctors surcharge changes

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21 May 2020

Responding to the news that the government will revoke the surcharge on overseas doctors coming into the UK, Prof Michael Griffin OBE said:

“I am delighted that the government has listened to the medical profession and removed this unnecessary charge.

Colleagues from across the world help make the NHS the world class institution it is. We have been calling for this for sometime and it forms part of the manifesto for international doctors we produced at the onset of the pandemic. Since then, a number of overseas doctors have tragically lost their lives dealing with the Covid pandemic, so this is move is welcome if somewhat overdue."


About The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh

RCSEd was first incorporated as the Barber Surgeons of Edinburgh in 1505, and is based in Edinburgh and Birmingham. It is one of the oldest surgical corporations in the world with a worldwide membership of almost 29,000. The majority of our members practice across the UK, with 11,000 professionals based in England and Wales. The College also has a significant global presence with 11,000 members in over 100 countries worldwide. 

The College promotes the highest standards of surgical and dental practice through education, training and examinations, its liaison with external medical bodies and representation of the modern surgical and dental workforce. It is also home to the UK’s only Faculty of Surgical Trainers, open to all those with an interest in surgical training regardless of College affiliation.

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Issued by Beattie on behalf of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. For further information, please contact the team on rcsed@beattiegroup.com or Emma Bain on 07730 415 096.   

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