To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an increase of £220 a year for an overseas worker to live and work in the UK, at a time when the NHS, and UK economy, relies heavily on them.
1. Reduce or scrap the immigration health surcharge for overseas NHS Staff.
12/03/2020 - Petitions
Found: To revoke the Immigration Health Surcharge increases for overseas NHS staff. The latest budget shows an
2. Increase to Immigration Health Surcharge gives NHS extra funding
11/10/2018 - Home Office
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Increase to Immigration Health Surcharge gives NHS extra funding - GOV.UK
3. Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year
05/02/2018 - Department of Health and Social Care
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Health charge for temporary migrants will increase to £400 a year - GOV.UK
4. Written evidence submitted by Independent Age (IB14)
16/06/2020 - Bill Documents
Found: money and benefits, health and
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egulating migrant access to health services in the UK
1. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill (Sixth sitting)
16/06/2020 - Public Bill Committees
1: citizenship to all EEA and Swiss health and social care workers working in the UK during the Covid-19 pandemic; - Speech Link
2: the merits of the devolution of powers over immigration from the EEA area and Switzerland to (i) Senedd - Speech Link
3: and other frontline health and social care staff required to maintain the UK’s health and social care sector - Speech Link
2. Nursing Workforce Shortage: England
03/03/2020 - Westminster Hall
1: patient care and staff wellbeing. Wherever there are people, there are nursing staff. They work in public services - Speech Link
3. Immigration and Social Security Co-ordination (EU Withdrawal) Bill
22/07/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: introduction of a single, fairer points-based immigration system which treats people in the same way, regardless - Speech Link
4. Health and Social Care Workers: Recognition and Reward
25/06/2020 - Commons Chamber
1: e-petitions relating to the recognition and reward of health and social care workers.The Petitions Committee - Speech Link
5. Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2020
23/09/2020 - Lords Chamber
1: all witnessed during this pandemic, our National Health Service is one of our country’s greatest assets - Speech Link
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The March 2020 budget shows a hike in the surcharge from £400 to £620 year. For an overseas nurse on a three year contract thats almost £1,900 in addition to their tax and NI contributions. The NHS is under staffed and relies on the dedication, devotion and sacrifice of thousands of overseas nurses, doctors, assistants, cleaners and so on coming to the UK. Raising the charge is an outcry and unjustified, and could potentially lead to staffing shortages in the future.
The Prime Minister has asked the Home Secretary and the Department of Health and Social Care to work together to exempt NHS and care staff from the immigration health surcharge.
Health and care workers from all over the world are playing a crucial role in the UK’s efforts to tackle coronavirus and save lives, and we are immensely grateful for all they are doing.
The Prime Minister has asked the Home Secretary and the Department of Health and Social Care to work together to exempt NHS and care staff from the immigration health surcharge. This means the Immigration Health Surcharge will not be increased for this group of workers but will instead be removed.
The Home Office and Department of Health and Social Care are working through how to implement this change and full details will be announced in due course.
The overall purpose of the surcharge is to benefit the NHS, help to care for the sick and save lives. NHS, wider health and social care workers from abroad who are granted visas are doing this already through the fantastic contribution they make.