The Government have announced new rules, due to come into effect in April 2016, to include non-EU workers who are earning less than £35,000 after six years in the UK to be deported. This appears to be a very drastic attempt to control the net migration figures that the Government promised in their manifesto.

The reports from the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) say that such a change will dramatically effect our healthcare service, where health trusts have been forced to recruit (at high costs) nurses from outside the EU, to ensure safe staffing levels in our hospitals. The RCN have urged the Home Office to add nurses to the list of shortage occupations, exempt from these rules, and reconsider the salary threshold.

What isn’t reported in the media is how the Government are planning to increase nurse training and recruitment from within the EU to elevate the anticipated shortage problem that may exist next summer.