Thursday 14 June 2018 / 7:07 AM Diane Abbott / Immigration

This is a welcome U-turn on a policy that has undermined the needs of the NHS for far too long – Abbott

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, in response to the announcement that doctors and nurses from outside the EU will be removed from the Government’s ‘Tier 2’ cap on skilled workers, said:

“This is a most welcome U-turn on a policy that has undermined the needs of the NHS and the well-being of our nation for far too long.

“Labour has consistently questioned the logic of turning away qualified medical professionals from an NHS with thousands of vacancies.

“As the new Home Secretary does away with one of the most ridiculous parts of Theresa Mays ‘hostile environment policy’, it has never been clearer just how isolated and powerless the PM has become in enforcing her failed net migration target.

“The NHS is not the only sector facing shortages, and the Windrush scandal has shown just how far reaching the consequences of this Government’s immigration policies have been.

“It’s time the Tories put an end to the ‘hostile environment’ for good.”