The government list of jobs open to immigrants from outside the EU to fill posts in "shortage" occupations includes senior nurses.
An expert panel made recommendations about which jobs there were not enough British workers to fill. These recommendations have now been accepted by ministers.
The shortage occupation list includes senior nurses, civil and chemical engineers, some construction managers and geologists. It also includes social workers, which were not recommended by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), but which were added to the list by ministers.
The Home Office said there was some evidence about social workers the MAC had not examined and social worker posts were being added to the list as a precaution.
Senior care workers and skilled chefs, new additions to the list, are to be reviewed.
Immigration minister Phil Woolas said there would be 200,000 fewer jobs available to migrants as a result of the new list.
"The government publishes today's shortage occupation list following advice from the Migration Advisory Committee," he said.
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What do you think should be done about the shortage of nurses? Your comments: (Terms and conditions apply)
"Let us remember why we are nurses; we are here to look after people, save lives, and give optimum care to those in need. This must be remembered in our key role – we are not here to meet governement targets, we are here to look after people. We should admit to our care only those we can look after with our available resources – others would at least be cared for at home by family and friends.
Let us give nurses the satisfation of doing a job properly, without the harassment of playing catch-up all shift, and the emotional strain of seeing people needing more care than they are able to give because of too many demands. (Prioritising of care is a misnomer; for prioritising of care, read "rationing" of care). If nurses are allowed to do the job properly, and thus feel some satisfaction, they might not leave. Nurses are extremely sensitive to any criticism as we are very aware of our shortcomings – although not our fault, we are exhausted, physically and emotionally. Please make our job manageable, and give us a salary commensurate with the work we do." - Name and address supplied
"The government should ensure that newly qualified nurses have postregistration posts and guarantee preceptorship. Focus on consolidating knowledge and and offering some security for the less confident nurses. The opportunity to progress or move to senior posts has too often in my experience been based on a snapshot interview. I have never been asked to show proof of my ability to work to the highest level – on the contrary, I have been subjected to new methods of candidate selection where on every occasion the person subsequently chosen assumed herself to be above patient care and team leadership. Most have now gone, while people like myself just pick up the workload and wait for the next 'high flyer' to talk their way to the top.
What the government should be looking at generally is the management level responsible for recruitment – and make the PRs of this profession fight for their posts. If we have a shortage of nurses it is because we are treated with so little respect or consideration." - Name and address supplied
"As many as 300 nurses per week are looking at emigrating to other countries to practice. The government needs to look at retention of these nurses and to provide the necessary pay and training to keep them. I agree with the comment about student nurses also – they need to have a guaranteed probation year and not have to fight for jobs." - B Koffman, Lincolnshire
"It is disgraceful that these positions are not offered first and foremost to English nurses – with an incentive for these nurses to apply! There is a huge amount of home-grown nurses who just turn to other careers. As a well-qualified English nurse I have found it very frustrating to apply for posts as I do not have a driving licence or a passport to prove who I am! Also, the cost of CRB checks makes me wonder – should I be a CRB employee, as they must be making a small fortune?!" - Sharon, Worcester
"Nurses are not valued or recognised for the job that we do; it is one of, if not the most, physically and emotionally demanding jobs. Pay a decent wage for a start and nurses may stay in the profession, but I dont blame those who leave when they can get paid just as much if not more for doing a less stressful job." - Fiona O'Regan
"The reasons for the shortage should be addressed. In my own area of practice, many nurses are resigning their jobs, and some are planning to leave, while many are not very happy in the job because of the heavy workload which can be detrimental to giving quality care to patients. Lack of support from managers and those concerned should also be addressed. The more nurses resign their jobs shortage will continue to happen. I believe I am speaking for other thousands of nurses who are unfortunately in this same predicament." - Roseline Bella, London
"I think the government should look to its own newly qualified and experienced nurses first to fill the vacancies before looking elsewhere. Our own nurses cannot get jobs – why is this when a so-called shortage exists? Run a recruitment fair for UK-qualified nurses." - V Henry
"As with teacher training, newly qualified nurses should be guaranteed a post for the first year after registration, thus adding to their experience." - Jill Best, Scotland
"I think they should employ the newly qualified nurses instead. I've have been qualified over two months now and can't get a job – the reason I'm being given is 'lack of postregistration' experience." - Alison, Scotland
"Give higher incentives or more benefits for nurses as we are helping to save the lives of the people. Nurses are the lowest paid profession and seems we are taken for granted." - Virginia Salapang, Glasgow
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