NHS Employers responds to Simon Stevens, NHS England talking on immigration and the NHS

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Danny Mortimer

07 / 10 / 2015 9.50am

Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers, said:

“We warmly welcome the important intervention made by Simon Stevens in highlighting the value of migrant nurses and doctors in the NHS who have contributed a significant amount to the way we deliver care to our patients. NHS Employers has written to the Home Secretary Theresa May to highlight that many NHS Trusts are facing a shortage of nurses going into winter as the Home Office refuses to grant visas to nurses from outside the EU. We have also written to the Home Office Migration Advisory Committee calling on nurses to be added to the shortage occupation list. We know there are plans to train more nurses in the UK but it takes four years to deliver the training so we will not see the benefit until 2017. We need to ensure that there is sufficient staffing to deliver good patient care in hospitals across the country.”

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