NHS doctor to leave UK after mother refused permission to remain?

Wednesday 16th October 2019 14:14 EDT

A child psychiatrist in the UK has appealed to Johnson over Home Office’s ‘almost callous’ decision.

Dr Nishchint Warikoo, plans to quit the NHS and move to Australia after the Home Office has “almost callously” refused to let his mother stay in the UK. The lead psychiatrist for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Hampshire, said he and his family were being “forced to leave” the UK in order to stay together. On Monday, 14th October in a tweet he asked for help.

“I am a British citizen, NHS consultant, and a researcher. Have cared for thousands of children with mental health problems, saved many young lives and helped thousands of families in distress. Now my family is forced to leave the country. Help please.”

Warikoo is reportedly angry that several years of representations have failed to persuade the Home Office to allow his 71-year-old Indian-born mother, Phoola, to remain in Britain. The 46-year-old was also born in India but became a British citizen in 2014 and has lived in the UK and worked in the NHS for 15 years. Warikoo has argued that because he is her only child and she is widowed and has no family in India who could look after her, she should be allowed to stay so he can take care of her.

Now, he has appealed directly to Boris Johnson and the home secretary, Priti Patel, to help resolve the situation. Warikoo has resolved that if the Home Office does not decide on his mother’s case by December, or if they refuse her leave to remain, he, his wife, their British-born 13-year-old daughter and his mother will leave before Christmas.

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