The RCN is now welcoming the Removal of the Cap on Skilled Workers

Sajid David is the home secretary. He has some plans that will renew the minimum salary requirements of £30,000. This is going to be for migrant workers and a lot of fears have been raised regarding the impact that it is going to have on UK sectors. This includes the NHS. The starting salary for a nurse is around £23,000. The salary limit above this could actually prevent nurses from other countries from being recruited to the NHS. This would worsen the crisis that is happening right now.

The RCN Chief Executive, who is known as Dame Donna Kinnair has come out to say that if the government does decide that the threshold should be put at this for future nurses, then the pay scale must be exempt from this. The government does in fact risk shutting the door on nurses that help to keep the services running if they don’t comply with this and it could cause a ton of issues at a later date. The home secretary’s white paper does actually contain some brighter news for the world of nursing. The paper does in fact promise to streamline the whole immigration process and it will also significantly reduce the amount of time it takes for a nurse to start work.

This is great if you work in a nurse agency or even as a member of a nursing recruitment agency. Of course, immigration is a very complicated issue, but patients are more than concerned about the lack of nurses that are available to them right now. If this is not sorted out soon then this could lead to even more complicated issues, and it could even spell disaster for those who work in the industry, and even those who want to get into nursing as a career.

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