The government’s immigration cap announced last month is creating problems for some acute hospitals.
The number of “certificates of sponsorship” that employers are allowed to issue to foreign staff needing UK residency has been cut by 5 per cent. That has left the 100 foreign nurses with job offers from North West London Hospitals Trust in limbo as the trust cannot issue them with a certificate.
The trust is appealing against the restriction with the UK Border Agency and a decision is expected by October.
NHS Employers deputy head of employment services Caroline Waterfield said other trusts were experiencing similar issues, including being unable to extend the contracts of existing staff.
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