On hearing of the UK government’s easing of stringent immigration restrictions on overseas nurses wishing to work in the UK, Peter Meredith-Smith, Associate Director (Employment Relations), RCN Wales, said:
“It’s good to see that common sense has prevailed, with the UK Government’s decision. Nursing is to be added to the UK’s ‘Shortage Occupation List’, so facilitating this policy change."
"This U-turn not only keeps available to our struggling NHS a valuable source of skilled professionals to ease the staff shortages in our health services, it also reduces the risk of nurses from overseas who are currently working relentlessly to keep our health services going from being deported."
"Many overseas nurses working throughout Wales and the rest of the UK who have had the fear of deportation hanging over them in recent months will sleep easier tonight."
"This decision will undoubtedly be welcomed by nurse leaders and health service managers across Wales, where the challenge of achieving safe nurse staffing throughout the NHS is felt. We must hope now that common sense continues and that this ‘temporary’ change is made permanent by Westminster.”