Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been criticized as of late for his insistence of increasing the immigration surcharge for health workers operating within the UK. The fee supposedly garners about £900 million per year with individuals paying about £400 a year.
The Prime minister has stated that the fee helps with the current circumstances that the UK is facing, and is completely necessary to the maintenance and demands within the health industry.
“We cannot clap our carers one day and then charge them to use our NHS the next,” said Mr Starmer as a rebuttal to the prime minister’s sentiments about the immigration surcharge, he insisted that the fee be scrapped on account of its inhumane nature.
Not only have members of parliament pleaded for the removal of the immigration fee due to its inhuman standards, but outside parties have advocated for its removal as well.
“Social care-workers who are all on minimum wage, you’ve decided to exclude us from the bereavement scheme so if I die fighting coronavirus my partner isn’t allowed an indefinite leave to remain, this is your way of saying thank you to us,” said an NHS cleaner.
The fee is directed towards international health workers coming into the UK to help with the current pandemic and other medical emergencies, the fee was intended to be increased this October to about £624, but this is to be scrapped considering the recent outcry from opposing parties.
The Prime minister is yet to address the nation on any updates regarding the matter of the immigration surcharge but is expected to announce a way forward regarding the issue for international health workers.