UK Home Office has announced that NHS migrant doctors, nurses and paramedics with work visas which are due to expire before October 1 will be automatically extended for a year so they can focus on fighting coronavirus.
This extension which applies to over 2800 NHD migrants and their family members will be free of charge . The NHS work hours restrictions on students nurses and doctors has also been lifted to be able to get more doctors and nurses on the frontline in the fight against coronavirus.
While announcing the Changes, the Home Secretary Priti Patel said "doctors, nurses and paramedics from all over the world are playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to tackle coronavirus and save lives. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for all that they do".
The deadline for pre-registered overseas nurses to sit their first skills test within 3 months and to pass the test within 8 months has also been extended to the end of the year. This is to give them more time to pass their exams.
20,000 former NHS workers have returned to fight the coronavirus pandemic while around 750,000 people have volunteered to aid the health service.
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