PM faces revolt by Tory MPs over immigration rules for NHS workers

The letter, organised by South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, warns the NHS could be facing a 'perfect storm'

The letter, organised by South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen, warns the NHS could be facing a 'perfect storm'

Theresa May is facing the threat of a backbench revolt over immigration restriction for NHS workers.

A group of Tory backbenchers have written to the PM demanding that visa rules be relaxed in order to tackle staffing shortages. 

The letter, organised by South Cambridgeshire MP Heidi Allen and said to have been signed by dozens of Conservatives, warns the health service could be facing a 'perfect storm'.

For a British employer to hire a skilled worker from outsider the EU on a tier two visa, they have to explain why the position could not be filled by a British citizen.

According to the Times, the letter said: ‘Our current tier-two policy is forcing the country to make a binary choice between professionals needed to grow the economy and professionals needed to staff our health system.

‘Without urgent intervention, we believe our NHS is heading towards a perfect storm.’

The names of the other signatories have not been released as the letter was intended to be private.

However, it is understood to have been copied to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

Ms Allen proposes that NHS professionals should be exempt from the tier-two process in order to address the problem

Ms Allen proposes that NHS professionals should be exempt from the tier-two process in order to address the problem

According to the letter, 1,518 doctors between December 2017 and March 2018 were

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