Robison attacks cap on visas for health professionals
Scotland’s Health Secretary has attacked the Home Office over its failure to grant visas to hundreds of dentists, doctors and health professionals who had planned to work in the UK for the NHS.
Shona Robison was responding to the NHS Employers’ claim that, since December, 400 visas had been refused.
Ms Robison said: “The Home Office cap on Tier 2 visas is having a profound effect on our ability to recruit and retain clinicians.
“A number of health boards have signalled that applications have been refused since December 2017, resulting in unacceptable delays in filling posts. Coupled with the very real concerns that Brexit will have a negative impact on NHS staffing levels, this is deeply concerning.
“We wrote to Home Office Ministers to highlight the difficulties that visa refusals present to public services and businesses, and it is vital that the UK government takes immediate steps to mitigate the negative impact of its immigration policies which take no account of Scotland’s needs.”