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Non-EU nurses affected by new immigration law

New immigration rules set out by the Government state that non-European NHS nurses will have to leave the UK if they are earning less than £35,000 p/a after 6 years of service.

According to the NHS pay scale, pay grades below Band 7 will be in jeopardy. Currently there are around 400,000 nurses employed by the NHS and the new rules could affect approximately 3,300 workers by 2017, according to the Royal College of Nursing. However, the new rules are part of a bigger picture, "As the prime minister has made clear, the government wants to reduce the demand for migrant labour” states a Home Office Spokesperson.

Peter Carter, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “The immigration rules for healthcare workers will cause chaos for the NHS and other care services. At a time when demand is increasing, the UK is perversely making it harder to employ staff from overseas.”

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SOURCE: http://www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice/specialisms/management/new-overseas-nurse-rules-will-cause-chaos-for-nhs/5087030.article