Restrictions on overseas nurses' recruitment to be lifted temporarily

October 16, 2015

Restrictions on NHS foundation for recruiting the nurses from abroad have been lifted temporarily after warnings that the crises in the medical staffing is threatening this winter.

Nurses are added to the shortage occupation list of the government which means that the nurses from outside of the Area of European Economy (EEA) would have their applications for UK work visa prioritized.

Restrictions on recruitment of nurses from abroad to be lifted temporarily

The government announcement came after the warning from the senior NHS figures that the severe immigration rules. The government is insisting it still wanted to meet the target of 1,00,000 arrivals ever year, despite the latest figures that are running higher was preventing them from recruiting enough nurses.

NHS Employers told that around 1,000 certificates of sponsorship would be required in the next six months of time, which will allow the nurses from the abroad to work in the UK.

The health department told that the change in the policy was designed for easing pressure on the NHS at the time when the UK government has introduced the limit on the NHS trusts on hiring the expensive agency staff.

This temporary change will be submitted for review by the independent Committee for Migration Advisory that will present more evidence to the UK government by next year February.

According to the UK government, the Health Education England have increased the training places for the nurses by 14% over the previous two-year period and are now forecasting that over 23,000 additional nurses will be placed by the year 2019.

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