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PIO doctors slam UK's 'unfair' surcharge

LONDON: UK-based Indian docs and healthcare professionals are campaigning against what they describe as an "unfair" doubling of a well being surcharge imposed on professionals from out of doors EU living and working in Britain.

The "Immigration Health Surcharge" used to be presented in April 2015 and from December closing 12 months it used to be hiked from £200 to £400 in step with 12 months. It is imposed on any individual in the United Kingdom on a work, study or circle of relatives visa for longer than six months with a purpose to carry additional finances for the state-funded National Health Service.

The British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, the United Kingdom's largest representative body for Indian-origin docs, is lobbying the United Kingdom home administrative center for a rethink over the rate. The UK executive says expects to raise an estimated £220 million in further investment with the doubling of the surcharge with the finances aimed toward "sustaining... the country's healthcare system".

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