Migration committee calls for evidence on nursing shortage

Submissions on whether nurses should be included on the shortage occupation list will be accepted until December 31

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) is collecting evidence as the government responds to concerns that there is a national shortage of nurses.

The move comes after home secretary Theresa May wrote to the MAC last month to say she was placing nursing on the shortage occupation list.

Her decision allows non-European Economic Area (EEA) nurses to obtain visas and fill vacant roles ahead of the expected rise in workload during the winter months.

But the continuing inclusion of nursing on the list is subject to a review by the MAC, which has until next February to report on the subject.

In February this year, the committee decided not to place nurses on the shortage list following a major review of health service occupations, using the evidence it said it possessed at the time.

The MAC will accept views and submissions from interested parties until December 31.

There will also be an event on November 12 at the Home Office in London to discuss the initial issues.

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