Executives have voiced fears over the Government’s immigration white paper, which outlines stringent plans for a £30,000 salary threshold on workers moving to the UK.
Officials claim the ‘appalling’ threshold could spell the ‘most destructive policy proposal for NHS recruitment’ and force some hospitals to close 25 per cent of services,according to documents seen by The Daily Telegraph.
Senior NHS figures have warned the Prime Minister’s post-Brexit immigration policy would have a damning effect on Britain’s hospitals
Under future immigration rules, skilled workers will be allowed to come and live in Britain if their earnings are £30,000 a year or more.
According to documents of a meeting between NHS and Whitehall officials in January, seen by The Telegraph, senior figures within the NHS claim the £30,000 cap would detract staff desperately needed in Britain’s hospitals.
One said: ‘If you’ve got a nurse qualification you can earn a living anywhere in the world, and if the UK doesn’t wish to be competitive …it will lose out.
‘Nurses can earn a living anywhere in the world and if the UK doesn’t want to be competitive, it will lose out.’
Officials claim the ‘appalling’ threshold could spell the ‘most destructive policy proposal for NHS recruitment’
The Government white paper has suggested five-year permits would be available for higher-skilled workers.
But the Opposition is against the proposed £30,000 minimum earnings requirement for post-Brexit working visas.