NHS Employers responds to Home Affairs Committee report on skills shortage
On 18th December, the Home Affairs Select Committee published a report on the current skills shortage. The report said that the Tier 2 cap is not working as intended; this may make it counter-productive to economic aims and net migration.
With regards to the NHS, the committee said that, under the cap, public sector workers who are recruited from abroad are subject to a high salary threshold. They say that this could have created a nursing recruitment crisis this winter. The committee, therefore, welcomed the Government’s decision to place nurses on the Shortage Occupation List.
Danny Mortimer, chief executive, NHS Employers, said, “We welcome the Home Affairs Select Committee report and the recognition of the view of NHS organisations that the ongoing shortage of nurses is not a short term issue. The health and social care sector is experiencing unprecedented demand on services and this has a direct impact on the need for skilled clinical staff to be employed to deliver care to patients. Nursing needs to be on the shortage occupation list on a more permanent basis and be more responsive to changing needs in demand.”