Friday 12 October 2018 1:13 AM UTC
LONDON Oct 12: The government’s decision to allow many more overseas doctors and nurses to work in the NHS was only “temporary”, Sajid Javid has said, in a surprise move that has prompted concern that tough restrictions on numbers may be reimposed.
The home secretary hinted at a possible U-turn on the relaxation of strict limits on medical staff allowed to come to Britain in a letter to the government’s advisers on immigration.
Instead they could once again be included in the annual cap on the number of highly skilled migrant workers given work visas.
In his letter to the Migration Advisory Commitee (MAC), Javid said that his decision to remove doctors and nurses from the cap on tier 2 work visas for non-EU nationals was done on a “temporary basis”, adding he intends to “keep this change under review”.
Before the change in June – which was warmly welcomed by NHS staff groups – applications made via the tier 2 route, which has an annual cap of 20,700, had been exceeding the allocation of visas.
Javid excluded doctors and nurses from the cap after a vociferous campaign by NHS organisations and medical groups, which argued that doctors and nurses should be exempted to tackle the deepening workforce crisis in the NHS. The Guardian reported.
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