PM vows to investigate ‘immoral’ levy on overseas nurses


Boris Johnson has promised to look into issues over charging overseas nurses working within the NHS for utilizing its providers.

The prime minister was responding following renewed condemnation of the “immoral and heartless” levy by the Royal College of Nurses,which has demanded its abolition.

The criticism of the so-called immigration well being surcharge (IHS), which prices up to £400 a 12 months, got here as Mr Johnson unveiled Tory plans for a fast-track NHS visa, to “concertina” the time it takes for overseas medical doctors and nurses to get a allow.

The Tory chief acknowledged it got here in response to issues throughout the well being service that it’ll wrestle to appeal to the employees it wants after Brexit.

Under the scheme, the medics would have the ability to pay again the price of the IHS by way of their wage if the cost was not already lined by the NHS belief providing the job.

Dame Donna Kinnair, chief government and normal secretary of the Royal College of Nursing, stated: “It is of deep regret that the prime minister is preserving the immoral and heartless charge for overseas nurses to use the same services they keep running. It should be abolished, not spread out every month.”

Pressed over this on the election marketing campaign path, Mr Johnson stated: “I will look into the matter that the Royal College of Nursing raises.”

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The streamlined NHS visa proposed by the Tories will type a part of the social gathering’s deliberate points-based immigration system to be launched after Britain has left the EU.

Under the scheme, the price of a visa for well being professionals could be halved from £928 to £464, whereas candidates could be assured a call inside two weeks.

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Applicants coming to work within the NHS would get preferential therapy beneath the points-based system and there could be no cap on numbers.

The Tories have already introduced a fast-track visa route to appeal to specialists in science, engineering and know-how.

Mr Johnson stated: “What we’re trying to do now is address a particular concern which is that nurses from overseas, talented people who need to get in, we need to concertina the time they spend getting their visas and make it easier.”

He added: “Nursing is at the core of the success of the NHS and we are investing in it.”

Dame Donna stated: “Failure to train enough nurses is leaving NHS and social care short-staffed and forced us to recruit overseas in the short-term.”

She added: “There are tens of thousands of unfilled nursing jobs and we need more ambitious plans than this to address it.”

Labour shadow house secretary Diane Abbott stated the Tories had been “tying themselves in knots” over immigration.

She stated: “They use dog whistle anti-migrant rhetoric but are forced to accept we need migrant workers for key sectors, not just the NHS, but many more besides.”

Liberal Democrat house affairs spokeswoman Christine Jardine stated: “The Conservatives have successfully created a brand new nurse tax.

“It is an insult to the hundreds of people that dedicate their lives coming to work for our well being service from the EU.”

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