Brexit migration changes could lead to loss of thousands of NHS staff

HSJ has published an analysis of NHS staff that indicates that more than 60,000 international workers could be at risk of deportation if the government was to tighten immigration rules and increase the salary threshold for visas for skilled workers.

An HSJ analysis of NHS Digital data shows there are 60,611 NHS staff, by headcount, from the EU and the rest of the world who are not currently on the shortage occupation list and earn less than £36,700; this is the salary cap suggested by centre-right think tank The Centre for Social Justice, according to its report in August on the future of immigration. The data showed that there were 116,000 staff in total from the EU/EEA and the rest of the world combined who earned less than £36,700. Of this, over 47,000 were nurses and health visitors, with more than 1,600 community services nurses.

Full story in The HSJ, 10 October 2019