PM’S U-turn over visas for medics

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY ANDREW GREGORY Po­lit­i­cal Edi­tor

THERESA May has fi­nally agreed to re­lax her hard­line im­mi­gra­tion rules amid an NHS staffing cri­sis.

The visa cap the PM in­tro­duced while she was Home Sec­re­tary, which limited non-eu skilled work­ers at 20,700 peo­ple a year, will no longer in­clude doc­tors and nurses.

Shadow Home Sec­re­tary Diane Ab­bott said: “This is a most wel­come U-turn on a pol­icy that has un­der­mined the needs of the NHS for far too long.”

Down­ing Street yes­ter­day con­firmed the change will come into ef­fect im­me­di­ately.

The BMA said it would bring “wel­come re­lief to doc­tors and pa­tients, who have wit­nessed first hand the dam­age that this pol­icy has caused”. A TORY peer is call­ing for a 1p rise in Na­tional In­sur­ance to safe­guard our stricken NHS.

Lord Prior, a for­mer health min­is­ter un­der PM David Cameron, says “our most cher­ished na­tional in­sti­tu­tion” is at risk due to mount­ing fi­nan­cial de­mands and an age­ing pop­u­la­tion.

His call will heap pres­sure on PM Theresa May, who has re­peat­edly sig­nalled that she plans to in­crease NHS fund­ing but has yet to do so.

Lord Prior is the first top Tory to call for the change, which could raise £11bil­lion in 2019. He fol­lows ex-labour PM Gordon Brown, who de­manded it in a Mir­ror ar­ti­cle ear­lier this month.

Lord Prior, 63, told the Mir­ror: “The pres­sures are grow­ing by the day. By 2030, the num­ber of peo­ple over 65 will in­crease by a third. Only a se­ri­ous in­jec­tion of cash

DAM­AG­ING Theresa May

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