Before Theresa May added nursing to the shortage occupation list (SOL) the Indian Health Ministry was expecting to gain from the implementation of her previous immigration rules which had been due to take effect on 6 April 2016.
This migration cap would have led to thousands of Indian nurses having to return to India by 2020. The Indian Health ministry planned to target returning nurses with jobs with a better salary.
The British government’s U-turn in placing nurses on SOL has undermined the Indian Health Ministry’s attempts to address its own nursing crisis. The colonist attitude of stealing nursing staff continues.
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