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Immigration News weekly round up 18 September 2011 | Immigration Matters

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Hospital bosses defend recruiting Romanian nurses

Health bosses at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford came under fire after an investigation found that a team had been sent to Romania on a recruitment drive, despite the fact that hundreds of job cuts – including 250 nurses – were planned at Barts and London NHS Trust just 20 miles away.

Illegal immigrant ‘lived’ in NHS hospital for a year after treatment because red tape prevented discharge

Following a number of similar high profile cases the UK Border Agency has introduced compulsory Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover for Bulgarians and Romanians applying for yellow card registration as a working student.

NHS hospitals cut British jobs but still hire abroad on expensive jollies

Cynthia Barker of Immigration Advisers Bison UK has over the years attempted to offer UK based NMC approved qualified overseas nurses to staff strapped NHS Trusts, but were always turned down.

Immigration delays at Heathrow ‘damaging UK economy’ say BAA

Airport chiefs this week condemned border delays of an hour-and-a-half at London Heathrow Airport (LHR) as “unacceptable” amid warnings that they are damaging London’s economy.

Spanish immigration to UK soars by 85% but lags far behind Poland, Bulgaria and Romania

Large scale European migration to Britain has more recently come from former Eastern Bloc countries such as Poland, Bulgaria and Romania which, at 1 million plus, dwarfs the numbers coming of Spain.

UK announce more non-EU restrictions on Tier 2 working visas

Skilled migrants from outside the EU will be barred from a further 70,000 jobs, including vets and orchestral musicians, under the latest revision of shortage list, published on Monday.

Do we actually need foreign nurses, especially those with poor English who are a risk? Lord Winston asks

Lord Winston says Bulgaria and Romania are ‘Mafia states’ and claims their nurses put patients at risk..

Dominic Raab MP says Bulgarians and Romanians are responsible for a rise in crimes by EU citizens…

Comprehensive Sickness Insurance now required for Bulgarian and Romanian study work yellow cards

The UK Border Agency has started compelling Bulgarians and Romanians to take out Comprehensive Sickness Insurance cover when applying for yellow card registration as a working student. The insurance is a new requirement introduced as part of changes to the BR1 Yellow Card form in June…Full story…

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