PIO doctors slam UK’s ‘unfair’ surcharge

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LONDON: UK-based Indian doctors and healthcare professionals are campaigning against what they describe as an “unfair” doubling of a health surcharge imposed on professionals from outside EU living and working in Britain.

The “Immigration Health Surcharge” was introduced in April 2015 and from December last year it was hiked from £200 to £400 per year. It is imposed on anyone in the UK on a work, study or family visa for longer than six months in order to raise additional funds for the state-funded National Health Service.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the UK’s largest representative body for Indian-origin doctors, is lobbying the UK home office for a rethink over the charge. The UK government says expects to raise an estimated £220 million in extra funding with the doubling of the surcharge with the funds aimed at “sustaining… the country’s healthcare system”.



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