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S5W-16671: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 May 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding making it easier for qualified staff from overseas to take up hard-to-fill posts in the NHS in Scotland.

Answered by: Shona Robison 29 May 2018

We will continue to press the UK Government for recognition of these issues, and we will also look for the opportunity to engage constructively with the UK Government in anticipation of its stated plan to publish a new Immigration White Paper and Immigration Bill.

Scottish Ministers have engaged repeatedly with UK Government Ministers to highlight the difficulties attendant the structure of the current migration system, in particular in relation to the Tier 2 visa cap, which takes no account of the distinct needs of Scotland and its Health Service.

The NHS Scotland workforce benefits enormously from the contribution made by staff from outwith the UK and health boards will always need to recruit internationally, in pursuit of the brightest and best staff from across the globe.