The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is “deeply disappointed” that the government’s Migration Advisory Committee has opted not to put nursing roles on the shortage list for recruitment overseas
The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) is “deeply disappointed” that the government’s Migration Advisory Committee has opted not to put nursing roles on the shortage list for recruitment overseas.
Dr Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing said: “We are deeply disappointed that the Migration Advisory Committee has significantly misrepresented the position of the RCN in order to claim that there is no shortage of staff in the nursing profession – they should tell that to the people waiting many hours for treatment on trolleys on a Friday night. We will be contacting the Committee about this as a matter of urgency and would urge them to reconsider their position in the light of this misinterpreted evidence.
“Nurses who are stretched to breaking point will be utterly bemused as to how this conclusion has been reached, which reflects none of the realities of delivering daily care to patients.
“In the long run, it’s absolutely right that we should be training enough people within the UK to meet the nation’s demand for nursing. People want to be nurses, they apply to be nurses, but over a period of years the number of training places was slashed as a short-term, cost-saving measure. However, if every nurse from overseas left the UK tomorrow, there would barely be a hospital or clinic that could function safely.”