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TV tapped to attract Bangladeshi staff


Two trusts have sent staff onto a Bangladeshi TV station to attract more Bangladeshis to their nursing workforce.

Nursing sister Nahar Khalisadar is appearing on Channel S. She works at the Royal London Hospital, part of the Barts and The London Trust, which, together with NHS Tower Hamlets, is trying to recruit more Bangladeshis.

Just 46 of their combined 3,626-strong nursing and midwifery workforce are from that community, although the Office for National Statistics estimates 30% of the borough’s population is Bangladeshi.

Director of workforce Helen Bullers said perceived cultural problems about prayer times and modesty of dress had contributed to this.


Readers' comments (8)

  • Oh for crying out loud!!! If the trust is short of Nurses, why not hire a lot of the newly qualifieds in THIS country who are struggling to find work?

    Does it matter about population percentages? A Nurse is a Nurse!

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  • I couldn't agree more that a "nurse is a nurse". But managers will be thinking that we will use this idea as a trojan to gather interest in working in the UK.

    Meantime, as the Tories privatise the health service they will get rid of AfC. The Trust could then get Bangladeshi nurses at the minimum wage (or less if the Tories get rid of that as well). Thus, they will become very cheap nurses and very attractive to recruit.

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  • I quote you: “Director of workforce Helen Bullers said perceived cultural problems about prayer times and modesty of dress had contributed to this.” [unquote]
    What evidence has Helen Bullers based your reported assertion on?
    More than 25 years ago, doing my democratic audit job as the community-elected representative for the inner London Borough of Tower Hamlets on the then Inner London Education Authority [ILEA] I met a predecessor in bureaucracy of Helen Buller as based at the Royal London Hospital. That was a meeting that had, interestingly, resulted from a letter I had published in a Nursing magazine. The subject matter was the state of nursing in the NHS generally and the failure of the NHS bureaucracies to serve the needs of ALL patients as illustrated by the dismal experience of so many in the areas covered by the inner cities Hospitals. I argued then as I have been arguing for the 25 years that have followed my action that the most appropriate criteria for recruiting nursing and other health service staff must be based on and derived from the needs of the population that is served by a Hospital or by an NHS service. The claim you attribute to “Director of workforce Helen Buller” if truthful is staggering and lethally inconsistent with the universal entitlements of patents to the due nursing and health care. I would suggest that that attitude would also be a likely ground for more than one civil law actions against any NHS or health service manager or executive. Both UK domestic statutes and international laws to which the UK is a signatory are prima facie violated in the assertion that you have attributed to Helen Buller.

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  • I don't think Muhammad this present government cares a fig for all that you have written around cultural factors and "Helen Buller".

    The point is that this government is dismantling the NHS very quickly and that cultural issues or even nursing issues for that matter are of little consequence to the main agenda, which is to privatise.

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  • I was commenting on the item AS PUBLISHED by headlined "TV tapped to attract Bangladeshi staff". I have not introduced nor even referred to any nationality aspect at all. The same goes for the rest of my analysis and historic update. Perhaps you will take away your “anonymous” guise and come out with relevant contextual evidence of what, if applicable on the facts, you have been doing for the past 25 years? The ‘s’ was dropped from Helen Bullers’ surname by the automated spell checker used. To “privatise” is not an outrage in the CULTURE created in Britain by Blair and Brown! So something more original than the lobbing of a cheap, cliched word is needed to defend the health service that should be established in Brirain. 1502 Hrs Tuesday 25 January 2011

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  • Why can't they recruit from tower hamlets?

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  • to Mike and Anonymous | 26-Jan-2011 2:01 am

    I read the story slightly differently to yourselves and came to the conclusion that this was a British Bangladeshi TV station and the endeavour was to open up the local Bangladeshi community to the idea of working for the Trust.

    From the Channel S website: "Channel S has been voted the most popular Bengali channel outside Bangladesh in 2006. A recent UK survey also found Channel S as the most viewed Bengali television channel in the UK."

    Does this twenty second google search clarify anything? Maybe you both could have tried doing that before posting.

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  • Nick, or the article could have explained itself better if that was really the case? As you say, I think you read it slightly differently.

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