Visa rules forcing migrant NHS workers to leave UK amid Covid second wave

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Sumary of Visa rules forcing migrant NHS workers to leave UK amid Covid second wave:

  • Migrant healthcare workers are having to return to their countries of origin, potentially hampering Britain response to the second wave of coronavirus, after the expiry of visas to support the NHS, trade unions and charities have warned..
  • After this crisis, remember the NHS is not drained by migrants, but sustained by them | Nesrine Malik Doctors Association UK has called for indefinite leave to remain for migrant healthcare workers and raised concerns about visa processing delays..
  • It has drafted a letter, signed by 1,660 doctors and other healthcare workers protesting about the treatment of Egyptian consultant cardiologist Dr Basem Enany, who became critically ill from Covid complications..
  • Before he fell sick he had treated many patients at York hospital but he and his family fear for their future in the UK because the Home Office has not yet confirmed what will happen to them after Dr Enany visa expires next month..
  • However, this concession only applied to around 3,000 workers, and left out thousands of care workers and NHS staff including low paid healthcare assistants, hospital cleaners and porters..
  • He is highly qualified with diplomas in health and social care and public health and more than a decade of experience in healthcare..
  • I believe the NHS needs more nursing staff, not fewer, to look after people with Covid and that with more of these staff more lives could be saved.”…

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