Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plan to Limit Non-EU Doctors; Advisers Set out Package

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Plan to Limit Non-EU Doctors; Advisers Set out Package

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Byline: David Barrett

DOCTORS from outside Europe will no longer be able to work in Britain as salaried GPs, under an official plan published yesterday.

The Home Office's Migration Advisory Committee also said non-European doctors should be barred from working in hospitals except as consultants in specific fields.

The proposals came as part of a wide-ranging package setting out the job categories which experts believe should be open to skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area. MAC chairman Prof David Metcalf said limits should also be placed on foreign teachers, with only science and maths teachers being allowed in. The committee set up to establish which sectors of the UK job market are short of workers, also said a bar should be imposed on social workers, most skilled construction workers, IT specialists and architects.

Prof Metcalf said: "Don't think we are a soft touch. There are rather more jobs which we have excluded from the list than we have included. …

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