Following the Conservative's manifesto commitment of '50,000 additional nurses', which includes 12,000 nurses from abroad, the Liberal Democrats have discovered that this will mean the Home Office will profit over £4 million from the pledge.
The visa fee will be £464 for EU and international nurses. The cost to the Home Office of processing one of those visa applications is £317 if it’s in the UK or £127 if it’s made from overseas.
The Home Office would therefore make £4 million profit off the 12,000 nurses who are coming to the UK to work in our NHS to meet Boris’s demands.
Responding to this, Liberal Democrat Shadow Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, Luciana Berger said:
"Not only is Boris Johnson's pledge for 50,000 nurses not true, but the Conservatives are trying to profit from taxing hardworking nurses.
"Only someone as deceitful as Boris Johnson could dress up exploiting nurses as a gift to the NHS.
"Our NHS currently relies on the hard work of 20,000 EU nurses and we are already desperately short of nurses. Many of those facing the nurse tax will come from the EU; to discourage EU nurses from working in the NHS when we already have a shortage, partly due to the 5000 nurses who have already left the NHS, makes no sense at all.
"Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit to support our NHS workforce and invest £7 billion a year in health and social care to build a brighter future."