Tuesday, 13 October 2015

New UK Immigration rules to kick out non-EU junior nurses

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New UK immigration rules would see non-EU junior nurses earning less than £35k a year to leave the country after six years.

 According to London Evening Standard, Jan Stevens the Chief nurse at London's biggest NHS hospital trust has warned that new immigration rules risked having a 'catastrophic' impact on patient care.
 She revealed that a requirement to deport non -European junior nurses from next year had sparked major concern at Barts Health, which runs five hospitals including St. Bartholomew's and the Royal London.

The Royal College of Nurses estimates that this new rule will affect up to 3,365 nurses working in the UK, and deter others from applying to work in the country.The RCN noted that problems have already been caused by an annual cap on foreign workers and said the limit was reached in June and July, meaning nurses with job offers were refused visas.

RCN London regional director Bernell Bussue said London NHS was short of registered nursing staff because the Government had cut pay and training places and the new immigration rules were"having a huge negative effect"

However a Home Office spokeswoman said: "In the past it has been too easy for some employers to bring in workers from overseas rather than to take the long-term decisions to train our workforce at home....There are exemptions to this threshold for occupations where the UK has a shortage.

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