Great News for International Nurses: NHS Fees to be scrapped

by Mathew Ealoor


NHS staff and care workers from overseas will no longer have to pay an extra charge towards the health service. This is indeed delightful news for the overseas nurses working in the frontline fighting this pandemic.

Boris Johnson's spokesman said the PM had asked the Home Office and Department for Health to exempt NHS and care workers "as soon as possible". Officials are now working on the detail and more will be announced: "in the coming days".

But it is understood the plan will include exemptions for all NHS workers, including porters and cleaners, as well as independent health workers and social care workers

Mr Johnson himself stood by the charge on Wednesday, telling MPs he "understood the difficulties faced by our amazing NHS staff". The news of exemption came as the government announced a trial for a coronavirus test that does not need to be sent to a lab and gives results in 20 minutes.

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