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Stung NRI docs take on UK Govt

The legal challenge is against the new ruling abolishing permit-free training for international medical graduates.

india Updated: May 30, 2006 11:10 IST

An Association of NRI doctors in the UK has initiated a legal challenge to the British government against its new ruling abolishing permit-free training for international medical graduates and the alleged discrimination against non-EU medicos, mostly Indians, in recruitment for the National Health Service.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (BAPIO) has sent letters of intent to the Department of Health and Home office to give two weeks notice before filing the case in the High Court, Dr Ramesh Mehta, president of BAPIO, said in London on Tuesday.

The legal challenge is against the new ruling abolishing permit-free training for international medical graduates (IMGs).

"The new rules, introduced by the Department of Health without adequate consultations, prevent National Health Service Trusts from recruiting junior doctors from outside the EU unless they can demonstrate that no UK/EU doctor is available to fill the post," Mehta said.

BAPIO has also informed the Commission for Racial Equality that the Department of Health so far has shown no evidence that it has conducted a thorough Race Equality Impact Assessment required by the statute, he said.

Earlier, over 500 doctors, mostly NRIs, had demonstrated in front of the Department of Health on April 21 but the government is yet to respond to their demands, the BAPIO said.