Home secretary, Theresa May announced plans to prevent non-EU immigrants from staying in the UK from 2016 if they earn under £35,000. Now government research has revealed that under the new plans, “hundreds or low thousands” of NHS nurses would be forced to leave.
The impact assessment carried out by the government says: "We estimate 48% of migrant nurses, 37% of primary school teachers, 35% of IT/software professionals and 9% of secondary teachers would be excluded."
Gail Adams, Unison's head of nursing said: "The government should think again about these restrictions on overseas nurses. They have cut the number of nurse training places by 20 per cent over the last two years, which means we will not have enough qualified nurses to cover those coming up to retirement.”