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RCN London speech to Indian Workers Association UK

20 Jan 2016

RCN London Operational Manager Nora Flanagan spoke to around a hundred members of the Indian Worker’s Association UK at an event at the House of Commons today.

Nora was invited to speak about the RCN’s campaign to have nursing put onto the Home Office’s “shortage occupation list”. The campaign aims to counter the damaging effect of the Government’s new restrictions on non-EU workers, which have seen overseas nursing staff prevented from starting work here in the past year. 

The event was hosted by Margaret Beckett MP, and London MPs Virendra Sharma and Ruth Cadbury were among the other speakers.

Speaking at the event, Nora said: “The RCN has longstanding historic links with the Indian community. We’re proud that our membership here in London and in other parts of the UK is as diverse as the communities that we serve.

“For the Government to be limiting the number of non-EU nurses who are allowed to work here, while our own hospitals are struggling to get enough staff in to keep patients safe, makes no sense at all. It leaves employers with two choices: unsafe staffing levels or expensive agency solutions. Everyone working within health care is clear about the contribution non-EU staff make.

“We really welcome the support of the Indian Workers’ Association, standing up for nursing colleagues from all countries. After a long and successful campaign so far, with wide support from employers and trade unions alike, we are hopeful that the Home Secretary will see sense and recognise the important and necessary contribution that nursing colleagues from across the globe make to our health service.

You can read more about the RCN’s campaign for nursing to be put onto the shortage occupation list here.

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