There has been a great deal of criticisms against the British Administration and the UK Immigration for being arbitrary and preventing the entry of skilled workers to the country, on one or the other pretext, though it does not seem to have much of an effect on either London or the UK Immigration.
The result: while a large number of job openings remain vacant across the nation for want of qualified people, the image of the country goes for a toss. But do those who matter seem to be anxious that the UK is losing out on competition to its rivals in the race to attract more and more skilled talent from across the world?
Going by the different reports and the one being shared here under one can say that the government of the country and its immigration body are not bothered.
Now over to the news report in question that led to the observation shared above!
Amidst a rising deficiency of skilled doctors, the National Health Service (NHS) organizations are, reportedly, becoming increasingly worried by the checks of the UK’s Visa structure on would-be non-EU workers shifting to the country.
Regardless of as high as 100,000 openings in the nation’s NHS – comprising a scarcity of 9,500 medical practitioners – medical workers from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) are reportedly not being given visas in spite of having employment offers.
UK Visa System Refusing Possible NHS Workers
As per the available data from a concerned organization, the figure of the people from the EU leaving the NHS in the UK, during the year gone by, jumped by 14% to 10,348, 1,305 more, vis-à-vis in 2016. Though the figure of the people joining in 2017–12,117–more than counterbalanced the ones leaving, it was still more than 2,000 down on the preceding year.
Despite the fact that the Brexit-inspired leavings and the decrease in the fresh EU recruits is leaving the NHS Trusts with no options except to look further afield, an investigation reportedly found that a large number or the skilled doctors from outside Europe are being sent away, thanks to the Tier 2 Visa System.
Under it, the Home Office puts a yearly restriction of 20,700 Tier 2 Visas obtainable to the trained migrants from outside the EEA. Close-to 33% of those visas usually go to NHS recruits; however, in the months of December, January and February, visas stopped being given when the monthly limit on the figures was hit.
NHS More and More Worried Over Supply of Qualified Manpower
As per a concerned person from the NHS, the NHS organizations are becoming progressively troubled at their incapability to get permits for the vital medical colleagues.
Echoing a somewhat similar feeling, another person reportedly stated that the visa curbs and random and archaic restrictions for the manpower from the non-EU nation entering the country have made hiring to the different vacancies for the NHS tougher.
He added that the NHS is dependent on the dynamic contribution of the foreign doctors, frequently offering their services in regions of medicine that are difficult to hire to from the local manpower.
He also reportedly advocated that at a time of scarcities of skilled doctors in the NHS – and which could deteriorate post-Brexit – it is important that London has a flexible immigration policy which permits the NHS to draft the needed workers, to provide safe, high-quality care.
Filling Openings Post-Brexit
He also reportedly stated that one method to manage the Tier 2 limit was for the administration to make every doctor discipline a part of the list of the shortage occupations.
Reacting to the criticisms and justifying the move, however, a Home Office spokesperson reportedly stated that the restrictions were compulsory to manage levels of migration. He added that it is crucial that the British immigration system functions in the national interest, making certain that the recruiters/firms explore the domestic options, prior to drafting from abroad.
Whatever the Home Office and the Government of the country may claim and say, the truth remains that the UK immigration rules are very difficult and tough to navigate through, and by putting more restrictions and checks on the movement of migrants to the country, these entities are further compounding the problem.