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Petition to Jackie Smith, Emma Broadbent

UK (NMC), Reduce IELTS Score for EU/EEA/Overseas Nurses Registration in the UK

Overseas and EU/EEA  qualified nurses need to achieve an Individual score of 7/9 in Academic International Language Testing system(IELTS) to gain registration with the Nursing Midwifery Council UK (NMC). International nurses started migrating into the UK  in 2001 when no language requirements were in place. At a later stage, the NMC implemented the academic IELTS requirements. The requirements are based on 4 modules:  Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Individual scores of 7 needs to be achieved in each module (with no category being under 6.5)  in a single or double sitting. This is considered really difficult to achieve and unnecessary for the needs of the profession.   As from January 2016, EU and EEA nurses, as non-EU (overseas) nurses, also need to go through the same IELTS scoring criteria. Coincidentally, during this time, the number of EU/EEA staff registering to the NMC has gone down by 96%(from 1304 to 46 applications)  by June  2017 from its peak in July 2016.  We believe, and from feedback on the ground from nurses who want to work in the UK, or are already practising in the UK - the language requirement remains a significant barrier to registering with the NMC. Sir Bruce Keogh’s  report identified that the shortage of nurses and understaffing levels were the reason for high death rates in 14 NHS hospitals. Also, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) report says the NHS faces a shortage of  20000, nurses leaving patients to suffer (this original figure has now been superseded and is now 24000, as quoted by the RCN and predicted to reach up to 42000, within 6 years). The Health Foundation report published in May 2017 highlights the combined issues of the current problems: recruitment, retention and morale which the issue of IELTS is aggravating and could lead to unsafe staffing levels.  A recent consultation conducted by the NMC stated that the majority of the public believed the  IELTS  score threshold for registration with the NMC  should be reduced and this to still be satisfying patient safety. Also, the report says the IELTS does not reflect mastery of language and other approaches should be considered. 'Academic IELTS' requirement is not a good reflection of the English needed to practise as a nurse. A high level of Oxford grammar is not necessarily what will best equip nurses working with elderly residents in a private nursing home in rural Northern Ireland or Scotland. Accents, colloquialisms, phone situations will be more relevant than a university lecturer’s standard of English. Steve Brent, CEO of International House and IELTS expert, who facilitated 46,000 tests last year, says that General Training would be ‘a better fit for recruiting nurses than the Academic Module’.  A recent study conducted by HCL Workforce confirms currently 1 in 10 nursing posts are unfilled and current nursing vacancies stand at a massive 24,000. But UK recruitment isn’t picking up the slack. Bursaries being replaced by student loans is making nursing a less attractive career for candidates in the UK, and early indications suggest applications for nursing degrees in 2017 are down by 20%. In short, the NHS badly needs overseas nurses in large numbers. Currently, 13% of our nurses come from overseas, but this percentage, it’s widely agreed, needs to increase – not only because of demand but because recruiting overseas nurses to UK posts is more cost-efficient than recruiting a UK based locum nurse. In fact, HCL Workforce research illustrates that an overseas nurse would be a minimum of £33,000 cheaper over a 3-year period than a locum nurse. However, as we will see, numbers are actually going down – and there is a clear and undeniable link to IELTS test failures. Overseas qualified nurses of which a majority have gained bachelor or masters degree from the  UK, and are competent working in the healthcare sector, are being downgraded to healthcare assistants and support workers for a decreased wage.  This opens up worker's right issues. A similar scenario occurs for EU/EEA citizens, overseas nurses of which qualifications and nursing/midwifery competencies are recognised are also being downgraded to a lesser grade due to the failing of the IETLS exam. Furthermore, it is also worthwhile emphasising that the cost of the exam is  £150.00 a time. Anecdotal evidence shows some nurses takes the exams more than 9 times or over (cost not including potential extra costs if attending language courses.).It is also evidenced that many native English speakers will struggle to score 7/9 in the IELTS. The concern is that the test is becoming a money making exercise. In light of these facts, we hereby petition for consideration of the following suggestions; Reducing the academic IELTS score for NMC registration (ideally to 6.5 with no categories under 6.0) Provision of exclusion for nurses who have completed a degree or masters from  UK Universities. Reduce the IELTS requirements for overseas and EU/EEA nurses who have 3 or more years of work experience in the healthcare sector in the UK.  Change the Academic IELTS to General IELTS for NMC Registration.  Here is the Short video explaining How to sign the petition. Click on the link to view

Febin Cyriac
17,761 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to UK Home Office, High Court, No 10 Downing Street, UK Parliament

Keep an Afghan interpreter Wahidi safe and give him rights of leave and remain in UK

On behalf of all Afghan interpreters  (Hekmatullah Wahidi) write this petition to the high authorities of UK government to keep all Afghan interpreters as refugee and save their life and as well as their families life too. As interpreters we have had put our live in jeopardize, working very hard, sustained tough moments and have had been walked with them together shoulder to shoulder in front line in any horrible situations in summer and winter days and nights. We have been targeted by the bad dudes (Taliban) and anti - government groups everywhere in Afghanistan even the life of our families are in an immediate danger and risk, even when interpreters are not in Afghanistan. We are number one target by Taliban as they have said in every where and mostly looking for Afghan interpreters. Most of us interpreters have been injured, got bullet, beheaded by Taliban, tortured by them, received threatening letters and faced with IED attack. Interpreters have lost their family members or have been killed by Al-Qaida due to working and helping the NATO forces in Afghanistan. It is an obvious history and all over the world know this better what is going on with current situation of Afghanistan, and also it is clear issue that the life of interpreters are in danger at any time.  Many interpreters feel in limbo, rejected by nations which made up the ISAF forces in Afghanistan, but fearful of torture and death if they remain in Afghanistan. It's an issue which is set to worsen if the coalition forces stay or leave Afghanistan.  HEKMATULLAH WAHIDI known as (Tony) former USA interpreter who served as translator with USA forces in Afghanistan at least for 3 years.  Have been targeted by the Taliban on several occasions, including being shot at while with fellow interpreters and being a victim of an IED attack. He fled by a paying a third-party in a rush and without knowing which country he would end up in. As you are aware and heard  trough newspapers and news a former British  Afghan interpreter committed suicide in Croydon borough of London as he was suffering like other interpreters from depression and sever stress (PTSD); it happened when UK high authorities refused his asylum case and told, he will be deported back to Italy where he was already finger printed. Wahidi added, It doesn't matter with which countries as part of NATO, the interpreters have been worked with them while they were in Afghanistan. We interpreters have been made our life like a bridge for NATO in Afghanistan so to keep them safe and we accepted all risks. And so the interpreters have played a key role for coalition forces in Afghanistan their homeland with all kind of difficulties in hard times, other nations at least pay respect for them and for their job which have had done as translator and they risked their life for them. The Taliban have repeatedly shown that they can attack anyone, anywhere, at any time and they have killed many interpreters. Taliban call for interpreters ( infidels spy ) and they think that we interpreters have been showing NATO the ways, giving them direction and lead them to fight with Taliban. So we are known to them as Non-MUSLIM Afghan. UKBA says if Wahidi goes back home to Afghanistan his life is not at risk and Kabul will be safe for him. If anything happen to him there, so he wants from all his supporters to know this what the UKBA doing with his destiny and his life, even he have been several times mentioned to them his life is not safe there. By the way, Wahidi's all cousins have been living in UK  and they are all British Citizen and also all his cousins have been studied in UK. Following Mr Wahidi's 8 years in the UK, he has still not had any solid or comprehensive response from the Home Office regarding his case and fellow Afghan translators situations. The Home Office has stalled his legal attempts to honour him and other fellow colleagues. He feels it is time to make a stand and fight for his right for political asylum in UK. He is  married in this country and have family and he has been trying to build his life in UK as  human being and  has the same right of living like other refugees too.  For more information about H Wahidi can click at links bellow. Those Afghan interpreters murdered by Taliban in Afghanistan click below links..... Please sign and share this petition and support asylum rights for an Afghan interpreter Wahidi in UK.   Thanks   

69 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to United Nations, Theresa May MP, Matthew Rycroft CBE (Permanent representative of the United Kingdom to the United Nations), Filippo Grandi (UN Refugee Chief)

Give 'climate refugees' the recognition that they urgently require

With ongoing conflicts occurring across the world, it comes as no surprise that the current refugee situation is key issue. However, whilst most people would associate refugees as being from a country torn apart by politics, there has been a clear rise in the number of ‘climate refugees’. According to the National Geographic, climate refugees ‘are people who must leave their homes and communities because of the effects of climate change and global warming’, as the effects of climate change compromise their livelihoods. In countries such as Chad, drought and water shortages have resulted in famines. On the other hand, rising sea levels and subsequent flooding have become a serious threat to the Maldives. On average, 27 million people are displaced by climate and weather-related disasters each year – that’s more than the whole of Australia’s population. Stated by the Environmental Justice Foundation, one person was displaced by climate-related disasters every second in 2012 alone. The significance is that this figure was roughly three times the number of refugees fleeing war or persecution. However, even with these staggering figures, climate refugees are not officially recognised. Unlike the ‘traditional’ concept of refugees fleeing from persecution and conflict, those fleeing from climate-related disasters are not protected under international law and therefore lack rights and vital assistance. We are petitioning for the United Nations to officially recognise climate refugees, so that they can be protected. By signing this petition, you are helping us get one step closer to giving climate refugees the support they urgently need!   You can also find us on social media: - Facebook: - Twitter: - Email:      

Hidden Voices
420 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Amber Rudd MP


Kerry-Anne Herselman is a 30-year South African woman. She is at risk of being removed by the Home Office to a country where she has nobody to look after her and nowhere to stay. Kerry, who came on an Ancestral Visa, has been living with Kathryn Marshall, her 57-year- old British mother since her arrival in the UK in 2010. I am Kerry’s aunt and I have launched this petition on behalf of her to call on the Home Office to grant Kerry leave to remain in the UK.  Both Kerry and her mother suffered horrific abuse because of family violence over many years in South Africa. Kerry was diagnosed with ADHD as a child and because of the abuse she suffered is now unable to cope with normal life. She spent the first few years after she arrived in the UK mostly in her room due to chronic depression and even now seldom goes out. Her psychologist's assessment states that she would be unable to cope with a job without having had intensive treatment and the support of her mother. She also has multiple chemical sensitivity which prevents her from going out. Even having to travel to report to the immigration office using public transport has rendered her ill for days, and her doctor wrote to the immigration department asking that they reduce the number of times she had to do this, which they agreed to. The Immigration department have stated that if Kerry is afraid of suffering further abuse should she go back to South Africa, she could go and live in another town in South Africa and communicate with her family in the UK online; I submit if she did this she would easily be able to be found via social media and her life would be put in danger. In addition to this, her mother, who is a British citizen, would have to give up her job here and return to a dangerous and uncertain future in order to support and take care of her.    Kerry and her mother have been threatened with a firearm by an abusive family member in South Africa on many occasions; the police were called on numerous occasions and had to remove the firearm for their safety. She and her mother have had to be sheltered on numerous occasions by other family members. This abusive family member even engaged a private detective to find them on one occasion. Because of her situation, Kerry’s mother has had to work to support both of them on a minimum wage, so there is no money to launch a judicial review. She also has to pay off considerable debt arising from Kerry's application for the right to remain in the UK, which has failed. They are also unable to raise enough money for airfares and accommodation in South Africa.   Kerry has a brother in South Africa, but he is not likely to want to help as the abusive family member would easily find her there as he lives nearby and has regular contact with her brother. Kerry-Anne would not have the money to access medical care in South Africa.  There is no public health system to speak of and private health care costs are astronomical. The immigration department based one of their decisions on the fact that Kerry Anne had received medical treatment in South Africa in the past, but this was when she was a child and was able to access this through her father's private medical insurance. This would definitely no longer apply as she is an adult. Kerry-Anne is very close to her other brother who lives just down the road with his British partner and their young daughter, as well as to other members of her extended family here in the UK. We have a social responsibility to take care of our vulnerable loved ones and I am asking the UK Home Office to use compassion in allowing Mrs. Herselman to take care of her daughter in her time of need. UK immigration have said Kerry-Anne is not entitled by law to remain in the UK and is to return to South Africa with immediate effect,  where she will not be able to get a job or take care of herself in any way, and where in my opinion her life would be in danger.  

Carol Forsberg
1,568 supporters