What can be done?
The campaign to cut immigration and stop asylum abuse
We propose the following measures:
Stop relying on overseas healthcare workers
It is a mistake for the immigration system to be geared in such a way that it encourages the NHS to hire cheaper workers from overseas, as is the case now.
The rules should do the very opposite: encouraging the upskilling and hiring of talented young people in the UK of all backgrounds and attracting local recruits with better wages.
Scrap the cap on training places for UK applicants
As the MAC has said repeatedly, the key is providing more training places, raising pay and improving working conditions (which would also help with staff retention).
The MAC has said: “There is no reason why nurses cannot be sourced domestically” and “the…health sector invest(s) insufficiently in UK residents”. In the words of the Royal College of Physicians, the focus should be “developing the home grown…workforce”.