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Staffing shortages have forced more than three quarters of hospital trusts in England have actively recruited nurses from overseas over the past four years, a survey has suggested.
A trust chief executive has paid tribute to her “brilliant” staff after they found themselves at the centre of “an international media storm” over the case of child cancer patient Ashya King.
Nurses and other NHS workers in England have voted in favour of strike action over the government’s pay deal in a Unison ballot.
The government has launched a consultation on plans to legally require hospitals, GPs and care homes to display their Care Quality Commission rating in visible places, such as entrances or waiting rooms.
More than 400 frontline workers in the health, emergency service and transport sectors are attacked on duty each week across the UK, fresh figures have revealed.
Around 90% of patient contact in the NHS happens in general practice. It is estimated that at least one in five nurses working in this setting are aged 55 or over, and expect to retire within five or 10 years.