LONDON: Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed he is considering tearing up key parts of Theresa May’s Home Office legacy with major changes to UK immigration policy. Javid announced he is looking at lifting the cap on the number of foreign doctors who can work in the NHS, after medics from outside the EU have been repeatedly refused visas.
The Home Secretary, who has been in the job for just five weeks, also suggested he would push to take overseas students out of the net migration target. Both reforms are believed to be opposed by the Prime Minister, who stands by the policy of getting net migration down below 100,000-a-year. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning, Javid indicated he was willing to take the fight to the Prime Minister over both issues.
The cap on doctors has been described as “bonkers” and “barmy” by one NHS Trust boss, and Tory MPs including the Health Select Committee chair Dr Sarah Wollaston have urged the government to remove health workers from the restriction.
Javid acknowledged that the current system means “a number of doctors that are qualified, that our NHS needs are being turned away.”
Security officers Home Secretary Sajid Javid has confirmed that the Government plans to recruit 2,000 extra officers into the security services to fight the “severe terrorist threat”. He also reiterated his pledge – first made in a speech to the Police Federation in May – to seek extra funding for police in the next spending review. He said: “That is part of the announcement making sure we have all the resources we need to fight this severe terrorist threat. “The terrorist threat is top of my mind, something I think of every single day, what more we can do.”
Sajid Javid said he would “like to think I’m on top of it”, but wasn’t sure on the final numbers of people who were illegally or wrongly deported.
He believes 63 from the Wind rush generation were deported, but 32 of those are foreign national offenders. He revealed the Home Office had so far only been able to contact seven of the other 31 deportees.