The body blow for the nursing profession in UK was the decision to abolish bursaries for the training of nurses and midwives.
Posts by J Meirion Thomas
J.Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS.
J Meirion Thomas: If we are to stop losing our best doctors, we must keep training and retraining them
Some specialist hospitals have made stellar consultant appointments from abroad. However, many doctors relocating here are economic migrants.
J Meirion Thomas: The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished – not tinkered with.
By April, about 1.4million non-EU migrants and students will have been given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance.
J. Meirion Thomas: The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
The official guidance contains gaping loopholes, and Freedom of Information requests show that Health Trusts are unprepared to carry out vital checks.
The meagre efforts of the Department of Health have failed to curtail it.
EU migrants should have to pay in before they can get free care. And we should implement proper checks on foreign doctors.
J.Meirion Thomas: The Immigration Health Surcharge – a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers
This measure, introduced on the Prime Minister’s watch when she was Health Secretary, simply isn’t working.