Theresa May is expected to lift the cap on doctors from outside the EU within weeks after the NHS warned it is leading to staff shortages, The Telegraph has learned.

The Prime Minister previously blocked plans to relax the visa rules when pleas were made by Amber Rudd, the former Home Secretary. However she is now preparing to lift the cap to meet the NHS’s needs.

Discussions in Government are at a “fairly developed stage” after Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, and Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, persuaded the Prime Minister to relax the restrictions