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What about shortlisting?

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We are supposed to get our short listing in a couple of days!

Does anybody know what is happening? Have the Deaneries decided what they are going to do with HSMP? As far as I am aware our deanery has not made any further decision.

The decision done on Friday before the verdict of the high court appeal was out was that 'HSMP will be considered on par with UK and EU graduates even if it did not cover the training period'.

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Thats certainly been the case in the NW deanery

HSMP have been shortlisted.

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I just read in another post that Eastern Deanery are considering HSMP on par with UK and an EU graduates.

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I dont think that the affected IMGs should start feeling secure even if shortlisted because the ruling can be applied anytime until August. Shortlistings, interviews, job offer wont matter until u actually get in it. Hence it is quite important for the IMGs that BAPIO has sufficient funds to act urgently at any point of time.

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Dear All,

We are now less than 2 weeks since the disappointment of the judicial review verdict. We want to update you on all the hard work that is ongoing.

As most of you know, we almost immediately after the verdict decided to appeal and our legal team are busy putting together the paperwork to allow this to happen. This should happen next week, the last date for appeal being 2nd March.

In the meantime, we too, like so many of you, were concerned that the verdict should not tempt the Department of Health to introduce the new rules to the current MMC process. We therefore wrote a letter to the effect on the 12th of February itself asking the DH to hold the rules in abeyance while awaiting the appeals decision. We got a reply back saying that the DH was still considering what it should do re HSMP doctors and that the rules were held in abeyance and that no decision had been made.

More recently we received emails from a number of you asking that we should move court and get a stay order in case the DH declares the new rules having been used on the current MMC process as a fait accompli after the short listing has been completed. We therefore wrote to the DH again asking them to confirm that the new rules will not be applied and informing them that we would move court if this was not the case.

We received the reply today repeating that there had been no decisions made, the new rules were being held in abeyance and as such moving court would be therefore unnecessary and precipitate. This being the case, we have had detailed discussions with our solicitor to be prepared to move in emergency situation if the DH suddenly decides apply the new rules. Our solicitors and the counsel are on standby from now on!

On a positive note, we have heard first hand from the Eastern Deanery that they are currently not differentiating HSMP from UK or EU doctors and that to their knowledge other deaneries are also doing the same while awaiting DH guidance. Our solicitors will send a letter to all deaneries informing them of the appeal process and the possibility of a legal challenge if they decide to apply the new rules before the appeal process is completed.

We have also been busy liaising with various organisations to garner support. BMA have again indicated support to our cause. We also hope to have press statements from the Royal Colleges expressing support and asking that the new rules be not applied for the current process.

 We have been working together with the Indian High Commission in UK. Our case has been taken up with the British Government expressing concern for the welfare of Indian doctors.

We have requested a meeting with Lord Hunt, the current Health Minister.

 

We know the severe anxiety so many of you are going through and we want to ask you to keep faith and know that we are doing everything that can be done. Huge amount of work is being done behind the scene.

 

On your side, please keep contributing and asking people to contribute. We cannot sit on our laurels thinking we have collected 60K - every minute of legal time is expensive and filing things like emergency injunction will cost lot more money. We need to raise over 100,000 pounds to be sure that we have enough to do all that is necessary to win. So please do all that you can for this.

 

With best wishes

Ramesh Mehta, Raman Lakshman, Satheesh Mathew, Sajayan and Buddhdev Pandya

BAPIO legal action team

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