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Posted By: Jim Carroll
22-Jun-15 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: BS: Deporting poorly paid nurses
Subject: RE: BS: Deporting poorly paid nurses
Cutting one's nose off to keep England safe for Little Englanders
Details from this mornings Times
JIm Carroll

Immigration rules will leave UK short of nurses
Kat Lay Health Correspondent

Thousands of foreign nurses working in Britain face deportation because of changes to immigration rules, wasting millions of pounds spent to recruit them and intensifying a severe short¬age of nursing staff, a report warns.
Research from the Royal College of Nursing shows that 3, 365 nurses now working in Britain, recruited at a cost of £20.19 million, could be forced to leave from 2017.
People from outside the European Economic Area must now be earning £35, 000 or more before they are allowed to stay in the UK beyond six years, a sum far beyond the salary most nurses will reach in that time.
The college fears that if nursing shortages force hospitals to recruit more from overseas, by 2020 there could be almost 30, 000 nurses in the same position, employed at a cost of almost £180 million.
Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: "The rules for healthcare workers will cause chaos for the NHS and other care services. At a time when demand is in¬creasing, the UK is perversely making it harder to employ staff from overseas..
"The NHS has spent millions hiring nurses from overseas in order to provide safe staffing levels. These rules will mean that money has just been thrown down the drain. "
He said it was illogical to lose their skills and knowledge, and have to recruit replacements, adding: "Without a change to these immigration rules the NHS will continue to pay millions of pounds temporarily to rent nurses from overseas. "