The UK government on Thursday announced that employers and recruitment agencies including the National Health Service (NHS) must stop all active recruitment of health and social care personnel from Kenya to the UK with immediate effect.
This is because Kenya was added to a UK list of countries where there is a shortage of nurses and other health workers.
The UK and Kenya signed a bilateral agreement in July 2021 to provide a framework for future international recruitment to reduce employment shortages in the NHS by recruiting nurses from Kenya who were unemployed.
Kenya’s Health Minister, Mutahi Kagwe had said 20,000 Kenyan nurses would travel.
However, it is unclear how many had been recruited under this scheme but those who had already been accepted will be able to take up employment in the UK.
Last month, Mr Kagwe said that only 10 out of 300 health workers who had taken the required English language test had passed.