The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is currently facing crisis of staffing as the UK immigration department is not allowing them from recruiting more nurses from the Philippines.
The UK’s Home Office already refused to issue more sponsorship certificates (COS), which is also a requirement that will enable NHS Trust to recruit more employees from outside of EEA. The newly appointed nurses will be become backbone of their workforce said, Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive of the Trust.
The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust along with other ten other Trusts of NHS across the nation have submit a letter via the Organization of NHS Employers to the Theresa May, Home Secretary, asking Mrs. May to ease the rules of UK immigration.
Organization of NHS Employers estimated in the letter that application of sponsorship certificate for 1000 nurses coming from outside the EU have been rejected throughout this year. And it is also expecting more 1000 applications will be denied in the coming six months.
However, UK’s Home Office has said that the figures that have been quoted by the Organization of NHS Employer are incorrect. It also claims that almost 1400 Tier 2 sponsorship certificates are issued to the nurses since this year’s April month, and around 600 out of those which were issued between the months of April and May this year have not been used and returned.