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Migrant worker cap condemned

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Nurses and managers have condemned proposals to cap the number of migrants from outside the European Economic Area who can work in the UK.

The government’s migration advisory committee last week recommended reductions of up to 25 per cent in the number of non-EEA migrants given visas. Its report will inform a government decision on a cap to come into force from next April.  

An interim cap introduced in September has already left North West London Hospitals Trust unable to get visas for around 100 nurses it had already recruited.

NHS Employers called for an exemption for trusts that could demonstrate they had failed to recruit from other sources.

Royal College of Nursing head of policy Howard Catton said: “We cannot replace them overnight with a home grown service.”

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  • Who are these 'Nurses and Managers' exactly? I know I haven't been consulted! If I had, the headline would have been very different!

    It is a fact that it is very difficult for many newly qualifieds to get a job, many struggle for a long time, and those of us who do have a job do not have many options for advancement open to us because the jobs aren't there! We should sort that situation out first before we start worrying about overseas recruitment.

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  • there are many good nurses in this country if this country looks after them but they dont the is no respect and overseas recruitment should be the last!! as they only have to be trained to our standards any way that is more cost!!!

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  • as previosuly emphasised - our newly trained staff need to be confident of finding a job, and older staff valued sufficinetly that they wish to remain in the NHS. The london hospitals could think more about retaining staff and subsidise accommodation which is the biggest deterrent to moving to the `smoke'

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  • Could not agree more with previous comments, newly qualified nurses struggling to get jobs, but what about fully qualified nurses jobs which are at risk due to re-organisation in trusts, those 100 jobs in london, could be a job for somebody from another region, when were these 100 jobs advertised.

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  • it is also sounder economy to recruit, retain and look after UK trained nurses first and only when and where there is a shortage consider recruiting nurses with equivalent qualifications to those required to practice in the UK and the relevant experience for the job being offered or the provision of appropriate training to meet the required UK standards which includes proven proficency in the English language and demonstration of the ability to integrate in British society.

    The government’s migration advisory committee also need to exercise commonsense and realise that one rule cannot fit all across the professions as the result of their cap means that individuals with specialist expertise in other fields which may not be available in Britain cannot be recruited where they are vitally needed for example in medical research - notably a case recently sited in the press of a specialist in cancer research. Not only is this research vitally needed for our patients but it would also mean that Britain would fall way behind in many fields of research and other professions.

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  • With all the redundancies that are going to happen in public services there is an opportunity to recruit more people into nursing. This is the right time to cap migrant workers as unemployment levels are soaring in this country. The comments about retaining staff are spot on, Trusts need to ask themselves why they are so desperate to recruit from abroad perhaps because their own homegrown Nurses are leaving the profession in droves.

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  • if we looked after the nurses we already have and correctly train those trying to be a nurse instead of making their life hell to leave the course we would not have a shortage to fill

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  • I have the feeling that we are simply in the way no matter how well qualified, how much experience or how old or young we are. Why not just get rid of the lot of us, let us drain the state funds through unemployment, depression, etc. and start afresh and top up with unqualified carers and nurses from abroad which may be far cheaper in the short term and far more costly and wasteful in the longterm then see what further mess the state and healthservices get into.

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  • I have been degree qualified in both mental health and learning disabilities for a few years and despite countless applications within the NHS and other organisations I am still without a suitable post and so rely on bank work to provide for me and my young family. It's far from ideal as shifts are few and far between. I have applied for non nursing posts too only to get no reply to any of my applications. How can migrant workers be expected to fill posts if "home grown talent" can't? It's soul destroying enough not being able to find employment without comments like these from managers. I'm not against people from varying backgrounds as my parents came over from Asia in the early 60's. As a British born citizen I feel it would be better if I, and others like myself could find suitable employment and make a valued contribution to this society, after all isn't that why we spent years studying?

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  • In my experience employing nurses from third world countries means that they are easier to exploit, manipulate and bully. They are also far less likely to whistle blow for fear of jeapordising their immigration status.

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