Lucas – Brexit nursing crisis leaving the Government desperate

The Government is attempting to recruit nurses in Jamaica as the Brexit-induced crisis in UK nursing continues to worsen, and as the scandal of the treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’ continues.

Nursing Times has reported that the Government has reached agreement with the Jamaican authorities to host nurses from the island for three years, as Brexit drives a crisis in recruitment for the NHS.

 

Commenting, Caroline Lucas MP, a leading supporter of the People’s Vote campaign, said:

“With exquisite timing, Brexit has forced the Government to seek to recruit nurses in the Caribbean at the very moment it is having to explain why it has unlawfully stripped an earlier generation of immigrants from the West Indies of their rights to live and work in the UK.

“Ministers have consistently refused to recognise the reality that Brexit is damaging our NHS and leading to a serious recruitment crisis in nursing in particular.

“But now things have got so desperate that they are hoping that even the disgraceful treatment of the ‘Windrush generation’ will not be enough to deter nurses from Jamaica from working here.

“The sensible thing would be to drop the damaging net migration target, and start putting the future of our NHS and our economy ahead of ideology.”

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Notes to editors

Nursing Times’s report can be read here: https://www.nursingtimes.net/news/workforce/uk-government-does-deal-with-jamaica-to-recruit-nurses-for-nhs/7024177.article
The Government’s press statement is here: www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-to-establish-global-nursing-partnership-with-jamaica