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Help Foreign NHS staff

January 11, 2021 12:55 PM

p64e (Photo by Myriam Zilles on Unsplash)Our NHS is under more pressure than it has ever been. As we write, brave nurses, doctors, cleaners, porters, health care assistants are putting in superhuman effort to keep people alive, to comfort them and their families when they can't and to treat more critically ill people than they have ever had to at the same time before.

And all the time taking the risk that they could be next to be lying there struggling to breathe.

It's exhausting. And it comes after many of them bust a gut during the first wave. Then they barely stopped to rest before trying to catch up with the routine procedures and tests that they had not been able to do.

After ten months of relentless pressure, many are at breaking point. They are seeing suffering on a scale that they had not imagined.

Regularly on social media, you hear about at least one person who we actually know in real life being admitted to hospital.

As we think of them and hope that they will soon be restored to good health, we think about the stressed health professionals and support staff treating them.

Many of those staff are not UK nationals. Those who aren't EU citizens with the protections of settled status have the hellscape of our horrendous immigration system to navigate. Every so often, their visas will have to be renewed. That is a hellishly stressful and expensive process.

If you came in to the country on a spouse visa, that will set you back £1500. And you'll have to pay it again to renew it after two and a half years. You also have to pay £624 PER YEAR in NHS surcharge.

So, that's nearly 5 grand for the first five years. Then you can apply for indefinite leave to remain. That will set you back another £2400.

We're at pretty much £7,500. On a nurse's salary? Are you having a laugh? And if you have kids who are not UK nationals, you have to pay for them too.

Right from the start of the pandemic, Lib Dem MP Christine Jardine has been trying to get the Government to give indefinite leave to remain to healthcare staff and their spouses and children.
This week, her Bill is debated as it reaches its next parliamentary stage.

The party has released a campaign video and we can expect more in the next few days:https://youtu.be/kuxDKxoRuJc

Please help and share.

This should be an easy ask for the Government. After all, neither of the nurses Boris Johnson credits with saving his life were UK nationals. He should understand more than most why this Bill is necessary.