Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

  • StaffAid
  • July 2, 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. The Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government’s visa cap. The cap – introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary – sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year, but NHS bosses say the rules are making it difficult to recruit enough staff. Saffron Cordery, of trade body NHS Providers, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the change was “absolutely the right decision. This is going to be a huge relief for trusts up and down the country who have been really struggling to fill their doctors and nurses vacancies,” she said. Alp Mehmet, of pressure group Migration Watch, said he accepted the change but that it should not be the long-term solution. NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February