The new immigration policies coming into effect in April 2016 for the United Kingdom make it clear that we demand that those who wish to immigrate to this country are able to contribute and grow with the nation.
Policies aren’t defined to effect the least number of people but to enact sensible constraints under which this nation can grow and become stronger.
If we require more nurses then let us invest in the training of nurses. Of educating young adults about the vocation, not buying the cheapest we can find or going abroad and paying rates that we can ill afford.
Disturbingly, this article cites the RCN as saying:
Research released by the RCN to coincide with its annual congress in Bournemouth, suggests that up to 3,365 nurses, who cost £20.19m to recruit, could be affected. But it says that figure could spiral by 2020, particularly, if workforce pressures lead to increased international recruitment, in which case 29,755 nurses, costing more than £178.5m to recruit, could be affected.
I wonder if I’m the only person who is dumfounded that it cost roughly £7K per nurse in recruitment fees? I’ve recruited large numbers of people before, with much tougher and rarer skillsets than nursing, and I’ve never paid that sort of price for a far small volume of staff.
Someone somewhere is fleecing the NHS and the country.
The article goes on to quite a Home Office spokesperson as saying:
A Home Office spokesman said: “As the prime minister has made clear, the government wants to reduce the demand for migrant labour.
“There are exemptions to this threshold for occupations where the UK has a shortage – but the independent Migration Advisory Committee recommended against adding nurses to the shortage occupation list after taking evidence from groups, including the RCN.
“Employers have had since 2011 to prepare for the possibility their non-EEA workers may not meet the required salary threshold to remain in the UK permanently.”
So it seems that we’ve had four years to plan for this and yet, once again, our public sector seems to have buried it’s head in the sand perhaps? Could they have been baking on a labour government to keep the feed trough open and pour more money into a badly run and poorly organised system? I suspect so.
Yes there will be disruption, which could have been avoided if these public service sectors who knew about it for four years had not ignored the coming change. Instead they chose to ignore it in the hopes it went away. Well, it won’t. It’s coming.
Time for change.