Moratorium on overseas nurses ban applauded
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Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the announcement on October 15 that the Government is to lift restrictions on recruiting nurses from overseas, albeit on an interim basis.
Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said his organisation had been active in setting out the case for adding nurses to the Shortage Occupation List for care home nurses in particular.
“We hope that the Migration Advisory Committee will put this provision in place until the shortage in nurses has been addressed,” said Prof. Green.
“The independent sector faces a severe shortage of nurses and this announcement is an extremely positive one. We are cautiously optimistic that the care sector is finally on the political map. The recruitment and retention of a good nursing workforce is essential for providers to deliver the high quality care that is needed and expected.”
Care England is also pursuing a hybrid role of nurse sitting somewhere between a care assistant and a nurse to help ease the shortage.