Doctors call on BMA to lobby Home Office over 'inhumane' visa rules for elderly relatives

6/28/2022 11:53:00 PM

Doctors call on BMA to lobby Home Office over 'inhumane' visa rules for elderly relatives

Doctors call on BMA to lobby Home Office over 'inhumane' visa rules for elderly relatives

The changes have forced many doctors to quit their NHS jobs, as highlighted repeatedly by i, in order to return to their country of birth to look after their elderly parents

.Dr Raghu Kota, who proposed the motion, said: “Approximately 96 per cent of applications have been rejected [since the change] due to the hostile application of these rules. It’s an injustice thatfamilies must fight for this fundamental human right to family life.”

Dr Kota told the conference that the changes had “driven many elderly people to an early and lonely death”. He asked: “Do you want that for your loved ones?”The BMA supports returning to pre-2012 rules but Dr Kota said there had been “little progress” so asked the BMA to be “more proactive” in lobbying the Home Office to “make the ADR policy more reasonable and humane”.

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Dr Raghu Kota, who proposed the motion, said: “Approximately 96 per cent of applications have been rejected [since the change] due to the hostile application of these rules. It’s an injustice that families must fight for this fundamental human right to family life. They were plunged into the Windrush scandal as the Home Office treated them like ‘illegal immigrants’ even though many had lived in Britain for decades.” Dr Kota told the conference that the changes had “driven many elderly people to an early and lonely death”. The British Medical Association's [BMA] annual meeting in Brighton heard that doctors' pay fell up to 30% against the RPI index measure since 2008. He asked: “Do you want that for your loved ones?” The BMA supports returning to pre-2012 rules but Dr Kota said there had been “little progress” so asked the BMA to be “more proactive” in lobbying the Home Office to “make the ADR policy more reasonable and humane”. The government first accepted 15,000 compensation claims, but less than 7% of these have since been paid leaving victims and campaigners to cast even more doubt on the long-winded process. The conference was told ADR visa applications make up just 0. Presenting the motion, Dr Jacqueline Davis told the conference: “There is an answer to the backlog and the unmanageable workloads facing exhausted NHS staff.

0069 per cent of all visa applications with medics arguing therefore that there was little point in making the rules to obtain one so hard.  She warned that the department was at a “tipping point” towards a repeat crisis if the “cultural changes required” were not implemented. "Pay restoration is the right, just and moral thing to do, but it is a significant demand and it won't be easy to win," said Dr Emma Runswick, who presented the motion to the conference. The call comes as two siblings tale the Home Office to the Court of Appeal next week to try and overturn the decision to reject an ADR visa . Ana Jackson, an operational commander with the Cornwall Ambulance Service, and Rohit Rahi, an associate professor at the London School of Economics, want their mother Neelam Rahi to spend her remaining months in England with them. “There are clear lessons that should have been learned and the Home Office needs to fully own the impact of its policies and decisions and pay compensation to the people whose lives have been affect by a deeply flawed and discriminatory immigration system. More from Health . Picture: Getty "But I'm not foolish, I know that it's likely that industrial action will be required to move the governments on this issue.