Leading health think tanks’ sent a letter to the Prime Minister Theresa May as a plea to rethink on visa rules that have affected NHS recruitment from outside the European Union. They argue that the NHS is facing staffing crisis….reports Asian Lite News
The chief executives of the King’s Fund, the Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have come together to make a joint submission to the Prime Minister ahead of the much-anticipated long-term plan for the NHS promised by Theresa May.
The employers have criticised a policy aimed at reducing the number of skilled workers from outside the European Union (EU). An annual cap of 20,700 has led to thousands of workers, including NHS staff, being denied visas.
Visas for 100 Indian doctors had been refused. They had been offered short-term contracts as part of a long-running scheme in the north-west of England that provides junior doctors to more than 20 NHS trusts, the BBC reported.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid, has said he will review the visa system for skilled workers, after lobbying by some cabinet ministers.
The letter says there are “worrying shortages of nurses, GPs and hospital doctors. There is no option but to recruit more staff from overseas and to relax controls on visas.