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UK Government announced change in the immigration rules for the Indian nurses

UK Government announced change in the immigration rules for the Indian nurses pardesi news 1459247741

The UK Government has added nursing as a profession in the shortage occupation list, which has come as a huge relief to the 30,000 overseas nurses, including several thousands from India.

In a huge relief for the NRI nurses working in Britain, the UK government has included nursing as a profession in the shortage occupation list, which means that some 30,000 overseas nurses including thousands from India who were under the fear of being deported out under the new immigration rules, will not have to leave the country now.  

As per the immigration rules announced earlier by the Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), overseas nurses can stay in UK only in the case of receiving a minimum annual salary of GBP 35,000, a salary equivalent to the salary of a senior nurse. This would have resulted in majority of the junior nurses to be axed from the country.  

By including nursing in shortage occupation list, the UK government has now announced provisional changes to ceilings on nurse recruitment from outside European Economic Area (EEA) to ensure safe staffing levels across the NHS. In addition, the applications for nursing posts will be prioritized for those nurses who have applied to work in the UK from outside the EEA. The UK government is also planning to process the applications of overseas trained nurses within 70 days. The advisory committee will review the relaxation rule and will provide further evidence to the government by February 2016.

But this announcement may worsen healthcare in India, already reeling with a shortage of 2.4 million nurses. Interestingly, the Union health ministry in India was eager to take advantage of UK's new immigration policy and attract returning nurses with jobs. The ministry was anticipating employing these nurses on contractual basis under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) on a far higher salary than their counterparts in government hospitals.  

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