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Essex looks to India to fill nurse vacancies

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Fifteen nursing jobs at a hospital in Essex are to be filled with recruits from south Asia because of a recruitment crisis.

The new acute hospital nurses, from India and the Philippines, will take up their positions in September.

The nurses, who had already applied to work in the UK, were recruited to fill vacancies created by a local skills shortage.

They have at least a year of acute hospital experience and some have specialist experience.

Luenne Featherstone, hospital spokesman, said: ‘Despite employing all of our nursing students, along with students from other Essex trusts, and constantly advertising for new nurses, we have only been successful in maintaining the number of nursing staff in our hospitals.

‘We have not been able to identify the number of nurses needed to fill new nursing positions.’

She added that retaining staff is difficult because Basildon is close to London, but has no London pay weighting.

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