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Immigration rule change could cripple NHS

Government’s plans would cause catastrophic damage that would leave a huge gap in the NHS’s ability to provide vital services
by George Wigmore (Senior Communications Officer)

Nursing leaders have warned this week that thousands of foreign nurses working in junior posts in the UK could be forced to return home by new immigration rules. 

Speaking about the potential rule change, Julie Attenborough, Associate Dean and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Workforce Development in the School of Health Sciences at City University London said:

“The news that thousands of foreign nurses will have the leave the UK after six years if they are not earning at least £35,000 only goes to highlight the huge issues that face the NHS in terms of nursing recruitment. We need more nurses in the NHS, and institutions such as City University London play a vital role in their training, but we will be taking a huge backwards step if we compound the existing issues with nursing shortages by forcing nurses to leave due to new immigration rules. 

“Instead we need to expand nursing training places and support local Universities and Trusts to fill any shortfall and reduce the reliance on agency nurses which are crippling the NHS with their cost, as if the government’s plans go ahead it would cause catastrophic damage that would leave a huge gap in the NHS’s ability to provide vital services.”

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