College calls on Home Secretary to overturn 'ludicrous' threat to deport GP trainee

Publication date: 02 October 2019

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, Chair of the Royal College of GPs, has spoken out about the case of GP trainee Mu-Chun Chiang who is facing deportation over a minor administrative error.

She said:

"It's ludicrous that at a time when the NHS workforce is in crisis and the skills and expertise of GPs are so desperately needed, the Home Office is still willing to deport a doctor that this country has already invested in, who has lived here for most of her life and studied medicine here.

"We should be welcoming Dr Chiang to the NHS with open arms, not deporting her.

"Unfortunately, her case is not the first, and we suspect it is just the tip of the iceberg and that there could be many more cases where red tape or minor administrative errors are preventing our trainees and fully qualified GPs from working in the NHS when our patients and our profession are crying out for them.

"We understand the need for well-defined rules on immigration, but these need to be intelligently applied and properly assessed in each case to prevent further impact on both our NHS workforce, and the lives of our GPs.

"We have written to the Home Secretary about this case, and the wider impact of visa rules on the GP workforce, urging her in the strongest possible terms to intervene and to ensure similar experiences are not repeated."

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Notes to editor

The Royal College of General Practitioners is a network of more than 53,000 family doctors working to improve care for patients. We work to encourage and maintain the highest standards of general medical practice and act as the voice of GPs on education, training, research and clinical standards.

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