I was thrilled to be able to finally meet Dr Rukbi after forcing the Home Office to overturn their decision to allow him to enter Scotland to learn from our NHS and pass on his own skills which will be invaluable when the new refugees arrive.
If we are serious about accommodating refugees while they are here, we have to make sure we have the full skills and understanding of how to provide primary care to people from such extraordinary circumstances.
The Home Office’s reasoning for barring Dr Rukbi from entering the UK was utterly ridiculous. It seems to be every other day that there is a new case where someone is being unjustly barred entry or being deported by the Home Office. In the case of Dr Rukbi, it is clear to see the detrimental effects the Home Office’s draconian immigration obsession can have.
Scotland is a welcoming nation and we certainly welcome the talents and expertise that someone like Dr Rukbi can pass on to our GPs and NHS Scotland.
I am glad that Ghaith was able to contribute so much while he was here, but also to improve his own knowledge. During his time here, he has been from Skye to Edinburgh. I am proud that a Wishaw practice in my constituency was also able to host him. I hope that he is able to return in the future.