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West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Spanish and Portuguese nurses on way to Hertfordshire

West Hertfordshire Hospitals Trust has continued the growing trend among health service organisations of seeking to fill nurse vacancies from overseas.

The trust has recruited 84 nurses and midwives from Europe, according to board papers from 28 November.

The chief executive’s report stated: “In early November senior nursing and midwifery staff made a successful trip to Spain and Portugal to recruit nurses and midwives.

“Eighty-four new staff were recruited and starting dates are being agreed,” it added.

An investigation by Nursing Times in October found at least a third of hospital trusts in England have turned to actively recruiting nurses from overseas as they struggle to keep wards adequately staffed.

Workforce experts say the findings are proof of the start of a new NHS registered nurse shortage, which has led some trusts to recruit dozens of nurses from across Europe and further afield.

Of the 105 acute trusts that responded to a Freedom of Information request by Nursing Times, 40 had actively recruited nurses from overseas in the last 12 months – leading to more than 1,360 nurses coming to work in England.


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Readers' comments (1)

  • This all seems a little odd , in the recent RCN nursing labour market review it states that the UK has moved from being a net importer of RN's to a net exporter. Does this mean that the UK tax payer is paying for the NHS to train RN's only for them to go overseas and then becasue we are are short we are recruiting EN Nurses.....does this really make sense and is it the answer?

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