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Letter to Editor: Why are Harlow nurses paying Immigration Health Surcharge?

Politics / Fri 14th Dec 2018 at 11:26am

Dear Editor,

MANY people may be unaware that overseas nurses working across the NHS in Essex are having to pay hundreds of pounds to access the very services they are helping provide.

Having to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge to be able to use NHS services has meant many families being separated as paying the charge for themselves and their children is not possible.

The injustice of this charge was raised at the Royal College of Nursing’s Congress with calls for it to be waived for nursing staff. It received the overwhelming support from colleagues who recognised the impact the charge has not only on nurses but on the recruitment and retention of staff vital to caring for patients.

Despite this, Parliament has now voted to double the charge from £200 per family member each year to £400. Nurses are devastated by this charge and we will continue to campaign for it to be waived for our nursing workforce. Please support by visiting rcn.eaction.org.uk/lobby/takeactionihs.

Regards,

Janice Waters,

RCN Eastern member of RCN Council

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