More than 6,00 health workers who are helping persons to treat persons affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom, can continue to do so until March 31, 2021, after the UK’s government has decided to extend their visas for free.
The Home Secretary Priti Patel announced that doctors as well as nurses, paramedics, midwives, psychologists, and occupational therapists would benefit from the latest decision, together with a large number of persons who are helping the UK to manage the crisis provoked by the deadly virus, VisaGuide.World reports.
“We recognise the huge contribution healthcare professionals from overseas are making across the UK in fighting the devastating impact of coronavirus. We truly value the work these heroes are doing, which is why we’re renewing our free 12-month visa extension offer,” Patel said.
Britain previously revealed that it would extend visas for health workers that were due to expire between March 31 and October 1.
The UK’s latest announcement reveals that visas for health workers will be extended from October 1, 2020, until March 31, 2021.
“I am hugely grateful for all of the frontline health and social care workers from overseas who have worked tirelessly to save lives and provide the best possible care during this global pandemic,” Britain’s Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock has stressed in this regard.
Amnesty International, in its report published in July, stressed that the United Kingdom marked the highest number of Coronavirus health worker deaths in the world, after Russia. According to the report, at least 540 health and social workers died from the COVID-19 in England and Wales.
The Amnesty International UK’s Director, Kate Allen, considered it tragic that so many dedicated health and social care workers in England and Wales died from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A survey by the British Medical Association, of more than 16,000 doctors revealed that 48 per cent of respondents were required to buy PPE for their use, or used donated PPE because of the lack of supplies at their workplaces. According to the survey, 65 per cent of doctors stressed that they felt either partly protected or not protected at all.
Britain’s government continuously has looked to find new ways to stop the spread of the disease, among them imposing two weeks mandatory quarantine for internationals upon their arrival. However, this practice was considered by some companies as the least effective measure in the fight against the deadly virus.