RCSEd Calls for Changes to Tier 2 Visa Rules for NHS Staff
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On 3 May 2018, RCSEd wrote to Sajid Javid along with 11 other Royal Colleges, the BMA and a number of other professional bodies, asking for the Tier 2 visa cap to be reviewed.
The Tier 2 visa quota restricts the number of skilled workers who can enter and work in the UK on a monthly basis. The arbitrary cap means that highly skilled doctors from outside the EU are being denied visas to work in the NHS which is currently facing huge staffing pressures.
The NHS relies on overseas doctors and needs to continue to recruit these highly qualified individuals. RCSEd is calling on the Government to review how the Tier 2 visa cap is applied to potential NHS staff to ensure the different health professionals required to work in the NHS can be recruited from the international community.
As stated in letter to Sajid Javid, RCSEd and the other signatories propose that the current cap on restricted certificates of sponsorships should remain in the short term, however, applications for shortage occupation roles should be excluded from the allocation process. This proposal would help to prevent a crisis in the recruitment of NHS nurses and work for both employers and Government in the short term whilst the UK navigates through complex Brexit negotiations.
We hope that the Government considers these recommendations and works with the Royal Colleges and other relevant bodies to propose a workable solution to the current NHS workforce issues.
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