12 Nov 2009

Britain to restrict medical migrants

10:09 pm on 12 November 2009

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says doctors and other professionals from outside Europe will be prevented from taking up jobs in the country, in a crackdown on immigration.

Ahead of a major speech on immigration later, Mr Brown pledged to tighten the points-based system for determining which migrants can work in Britain, saying immigration would fall under his government.

The prime minister said immigration had been a source of "economic, social and cultural strength for Britain", but he understood concerns about the impact of a rising population on employment, wages and the cost of housing.

Britain faced a shortage of doctors and nurses when the Labour Party came to power in 1997, and thousands have been recruited from overseas in recent years.