London: Indian doctors have won a significant legal battle with the British government agreeing to withdraw a “discriminatory clause” which would have excluded them from appointment process if they did not have visas beyond 1 August 2007.
The High Court of Justice was due to hear yesterday the application filed by the British Association for People of Indian Origin (BAPIO) for a judicial review of the injunction on rules affecting Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) doctors.
As the judge began the hearing yesterday, the Secretary of State’s Counsel requested a brief adjournment. BAPIO was then informed that the Secretary of State was prepared to concede.
“BAPIO accepted this offer and agreed to withdraw the case since the Secretary of State gave an undertaking to the court that this clause will be removed,” Dr Ramesh Mehta, President of BAPIO, said today.
“For the first time a clear message has been sent out that promises made to International Medicals Graduates (IMGs) must be kept. HSMP doctors were allowed to make UK their home; HSMP doctors must be treated at par with UK and EU nationals and there is no basis for discriminating against them,” Mehta said.
On 4 March, BAPIO obtained an emergency injunction to prevent discrimination of doctors on HSMP visa whose visas were due for renewal before 1 August, in the first round of the current recruitment for 21,000 training jobs.