Home Office threat to deport carers

July 26, 2007 11:00 AM

More than a dozen qualified nurses working in Cambridge have been threatened with deportation by the Home Office.

The nurses from the Philippines are working as Senior Carers in this country under work permits issued because of the great difficulty in recruiting suitable staff for these roles from within the EU. The Home Office has decided not to renew their work permits and has announced that it will stop issuing permits for senior carer roles.

Cambridge MP David Howarth has taken up their case with the Home Office. He commented:

"These are qualified and hard working nurses who came to this country at our request and are now simply being discarded. This is not the way to treat people doing a very important and difficult job.

"I'm also very worried that the Home Office's decision will lead to a chronic shortage of carers in Cambridgeshire. Without these important staff vulnerable adults will not receive the care they require, putting additional pressure on family and informal carers.

David Howarth MP in the House of Commons

David Howarth MP

"I will continue to press the Home Office to reconsider their decision and allow these nurses to continue working for the community in Cambridge."

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