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The Royal College of Nursing [RCN] has warned the government that thousands of foreign nurses working in the UK could be forced to return to their home country under new immigration rules. Under the new rules, people from outside the European Economic Area [EEA] must be earning £35,000 or more before they are allowed to stay in the UK after six years. This new rule is of particularly importance to the East Asian community with over 20,000 nurses in the UK coming from the Philippines, the largest number from any one country. 

Over 3,000 nurses lost

The new rules, to be introduced in 2017, will force more nurses to return to their home countries, leaving health services with nothing to show for the millions of pounds spent on recruiting them. The RCN has calculated that up to 3,365 nurses currently working in the UK will potentially be affected and estimates that it will have cost £20.19 million to recruit them, money that will have been wasted if they are forced to leave the UK. Overseas recruitment is increasing to a shortage of home-grown nurses and crackdown on agency nurse spending and if the trends continue to 2020, over 6,600 nurses and £40 million lost under the new rules. 

Remove the Threshold and increase UK nurse training

The new rules are part of the government's effort to control net migration, however the RCN argues that spending vast amounts of money on recruiting overseas nurses who will only be in the health system for a short period of time is a wast of valuable time and resources. The organisation is calling on the Westminster Government to add nursing to the list of shortage occupations and to reconsider the £35,000 salary threshold. The Government should also take urgent steps to increase the number of UK nurse training places, which will reduce the currently over-reliance on overseas recruitment in the longer term. 

If you have any other news stories or opinion pieces that you think are of interest to the Chinese and East Asian community than please email [email protected].

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A Learning the Lessons Taskforce is to be set up to  analyse the election data, draw on the experiences of our key stakeholders and listen to the public to see what we can learn from the election.

The Taskforce will take online submissions and hold hearings in the nations and regions across the country and will seek to conclude its work in time to report to the new leadership team and the NEC. It was noted that time is of the essence given the Scottish Parliamentary, Welsh Assembly, London Mayoral and local government elections taking place in May 2016.

The full membership of the Taskforce panel is:

  • Chair of the Taskforce – Margaret Beckett
  • Chair of the NEC – Jim Kennedy
  • General Secretary – Iain McNicol
  • Candidate from target seat – Sharon Taylor
  • Candidate from target seat – Anne Snelgrove
  • BAME representative – Valerie Vaz
  • Representative from the PLP – Tom Blenkinsop
  • Representative from Scotland – Margaret Curran
  • Representative from Wales – Chris Ruane
  • Representative from local government – Alice Perry
  • Representative from members – Johanna Baxter

Learning the Lessons

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Come and find out first hand on how to be selected as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, engage and develop a wining campaign and getting the votes out to be elected.

We are looking out for potentail candidates in forthcoming elections. Funding and training will be provided to successful candidates. Interested?

This is a FREE event with drinks and canapes provided.

When
Friday, 12 June 2015 from 19:00 to 22:00

Where
4th Floor, 25 Queen Anne's Gate, St James's Park, Westminster, London SW1H 9BU

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Come and meet our newly elected MP - Catherine West

Come and find out first hand on how to be selected as a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate, engage and develop a wining campaign and getting the votes out to be elected....

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Check out who is supporting and voting Labour on May 7 for

  • A strong economic foundation
  • Higher living standards for working familie
  • An NHS with time to care
  • Controls on immigration
  • A country where the next generation can do better than the last
  • Homes to buy and action on rents

Check out who's supporting and voting Labour on May 7

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David Cameron dodged question after question on his plan to cut child benefit and tax credits. Yesterday we saw the proof when he refused the answer.

The choice is clear: your tax credits are safe under Labour - and they’ll be slashed under the Tories.

This is the choice on child benefits

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I want people to know that I’m on their side. I’m not on the side of the richest and most powerful. I’m on the side of the people who don’t have it easy in this country

I want people to know that I’m on their side

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Ed Miliband used his closing statement at the BBC Debate to demand the Prime Minister “debate me, one on one.”

Staring straight down the camera, Ed challenged Cameron: "David, if you think this election is about leadership, then debate me one-on-one."

Let the people decide

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Highlights from Ed Miliband’s speech today launching Labour’s election manifesto.

A plan to reward hard work, share prosperity and build a better country for all, because Britain only succeeds when working people succeed.

Find out more HERE

I am ready

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Tory Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt is taken to task on how the Tories find their magical £8billion to invest in the NHS - yet another unfunded spending commitment as the Tory election campaign unravels.

Labour have said how we’ll pay for an NHS fit for the future. Check out the links below to find out:

1. Healthcare fit for the future

2. Leading the NHS to a better future

3. You can't trust the Tories on the NHS

The Tories' funny money will wreck the NHS

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Top Tory politicians have spent the last few days trying desperately to avoid answering questions about plans to cut tax for millionaires… for a second time.

Again and again they avoid saying whether they’d rule out lowing the 45p rate of tax. Here’s just the ones we counted.

Count how many times top Tories dodge a simple question

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