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Home secretary lifts controls on nurse immigration

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Your reponses to the Big Question 14 October 2015

Thank goodness! Better to see sense at this late point than not at all, but I can only guess at the stress this will have caused people already working here as nurses and those with advanced plans to come. Can we look forward to this recognition of nurses being a scarce resource being reflected in the pay? Thought not! 

- Phil Noyes,

So it’s cheaper to steal nurses from non EU countries, depriving them of good quality nurses, rather than pay home-grown nurses a decent salary. That’s OK then, is it? I’m a home-grown nurse and have left the NHS and I know most of my friends and colleagues have too. It’s very sad but this is the reality.

- Anonymous,

It’s sad that politicians react to media stories, instead of properly thinking through policy in the first place – in this case a dubious policy that was itself probably influenced by media stories about immigration.

- Michael Stone, via

Don’t get excited. The only reason the government reversed its decision is because, with shortages of nurses, they would have had to give staff a decent pay rise.

- Anonymous, via

A ridiculous state to get in but entirely of the government’s own making. It demonstrates the foolishness of cutting public expenditure to meet Osborne’s obsession. We still have 1.8 million unemployed and yet we are scouring the world to provide basic nursing resources. The same applies in social care. Health education is unlikely to be protected in Osborne’s latest cuts to spending on public services so our nursing friends from abroad could be here for the long-term.

- Patrick Newman, via

This is short-term policy and poor planning. How can we attract more home-grown people of all ages, gender and from different cultures to reflect the people they are caring for? I would like to see more men in the caring profession, particularly as we have an ageing male population. There is a world shortage of nursing and will these poached nurses from abroad stay?

- Doneraile Mulvey,

About time nurses were put on the shortage list. Now all we have to lobby for is decent pay.

- Anne Wells,

Keeping overseas nurses off the shortage occupation list would be grossly unfair and unsettling to those working or wishing to settle here. It would also give UK employers a bad reputation and put others off from coming. 

- Anonymous,

It’s a shame the government does not invest in student nurses from home! The bursary and student finance is not enough to live on so no wonder they have to recruit from abroad! 

- Carol Burns, via Facebook


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