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Tories’ plans for NHS visa ‘full of holes,’ says Diane Abbott

BORIS JOHNSON’s plans for a new “NHS visa” to attract doctors and nurses to work in Britain is “full of holes,” Diane Abbott said today.

The scheme, part of Tory plans for a post-Brexit points-based immigration system, would halve the visa cost to £464 and applicants would be guaranteed a decision within two weeks.

There would be no cap on the number of applicants coming to work in the NHS who would receive extra points.

Shadow home secretary Ms Abbott slammed the government for having used “dog-whistle anti-migrant rhetoric” while “tying themselves in knots” over how to fix worker shortages.

She said that the policy has “nothing to say about the nurses earning below their income threshold, as well as all the cooks, cleaners, hospital porters and others who are vital to hospitals — and nothing at all about their right to bring family members here.”

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