Grant frontline NHS workers indefinite leave to remain in the UK

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Frontline NHS workers are putting their lives at risk to help combat the coronavirus outbreak in the UK. Tens of NHS workers are confirmed to have been killed by the virus in the UK. But we know this will only get worse.

The UK Government has said it will extend the visas of those NHS frontline workers, such as doctors, nurses and paramedics, by a year if they're due to expire before October. It says it will do this "so they can focus on fighting coronavirus". This will apply to around 2,800 NHS workers.

Doctors, nurses and paramedics from all over the world are playing a leading role in the NHS’s efforts to tackle coronavirus and save lives. We owe them a great deal of gratitude for all that they do.

We already know the NHS is understaffed. Why would we potentially get rid of these valuable workers, who have put their lives on the line to work in the service, once the coronavirus crisis is over? 

We should grant the NHS workers helping to get us through this crisis indefinite leave to remain - so they can not only "focus on fighting coronavirus" but truly know how much they are appreciated by our country.