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Overseas doctors ruling is welcome news

The recent House of Lords judgment declaring immigration changes for overseas doctors unfair, though largely ignored by the media, is welcome news among otherwise disheartening developments in general practice.

Many of those who were affected by these poorly thought-out changes have already left the country with financial, social and psychological scars. The trauma they were put though cannot be compensated.

Still, this ruling is a symbolic and moral victory for international medical graduates. Efforts made by the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, which was a little-known organisation before this, are certainly commendable. It is also a lesson to international medical graduates who had simply given up, and those people who chose to ignore the issue as it did not directly affect them.

I sincerely hope the Department of Health learns its lesson and apologises to those doctors whose careers it played with in a knee-jerk reaction to the jobs crisis. I still wonder if the UK's credibility, so eroded by these events, will ever be regained.

Dr Kamal Sidhu, Sunderland

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