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Manchester FT recruits 270 nurses from India to plug gaps


A major acute trust in Manchester has recruited more than 260 nurses from India, as it tries to plug gaps in its workforce.

A report to the board of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said that 267 Indian nurses had joined the trust in July along with 15 nurses from Portugal.

The board was told by the trust’s chief nurse, Cheryl Lenney, that it had 348 staff nurse vacancies, which is about 15% of its band 5 establishment.

The report stated: “In parallel to the domestic recruitment programme the board of directors also approved a programme of international recruitment to appoint 300 nurses from India in order to address the continued underlying workforce vacancies.

“The international recruitment was agreed in recognition of the wider national workforce challenges which have indicated that the demand for registered nurses will continue to outstrip the supply over the next three years,” it said.

“A small team of trust staff undertook interviews at the end of April resulting in the appointment of 267 staff,” said the report.

It added: “Those candidates who received a conditional offer of appointment are currently being processed through the regulatory requirements for the UK visas and Immigration department and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.”

Foundation trusts were told this week by regulator Monitor that they must ensure vacancies are filled “only where essential” and should review their use of acute inpatient safe staffing guidance, as part of a strategy to tackle financial deficits.

But, as reported by Nursing Times last month, research has found that despite recruitment drives, the majority of acute trusts are struggling to find enough trained nurses to fill their own staffing plans.

In December, it was also revealed that nearly three-quarters of trusts had launched significant overseas recruitment drives, amid the shortage of nurses to fill an increasing number of posts.

The countries from which most nurses were recruited were Spain, Portugal, the Philippines, Italy and Ireland.


Readers' comments (18)

  • Oh...Really?

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  • and in a few years down the line, the government will say clamp down on immigrants...they are taking jobs from the locals!
    greedy leaders!

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  • So where do India source their nurses from? Or have they accidentally recruited too many? Are we paying for their training/compensating their country? We give aid to India, don't we? I find this pattern of sourcing from less wealthy/poor countries quite worrying. Try recruiting from the US, Canada, etc - they are racially diverse, and many have roots in Britain or Ireland, so it's not at odds with our cultures. Or can we only take people who's country is not equal to ours, economically?

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  • and no jobs for ones trained here

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  • Those nurses are simply way more smart and intelligent than Britons. Indian government is not afraid to unleash their potential by offering enough uni places and making them probably the best export 'product' in Indian economy. In the UK things are completely on the contrary: to each university - on average - 2000 candidates applies for the Adult Nursing course. 500 gets to the interview stage, 120 is offered a place. And hey ho: nurses are from India and Africa, builders from Eastern Europe, taxi drivers from Pakistan, care assistants from Africa, engineers from the rest of EU, even pick pocketing has become the gypsy's domain. In about 100 years this Island will become a second Yugoslavia. Access to the nursing profession training could be treated as an acid test of the overall mess.

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  • Well said.

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  • So many nurses from India and other "less worthy or poor countries" working hard either in NHS or in private sector. They don't want your jobs taken from british or whites. The employer is unable to find the competent nurse that is reliable and work hard. That is reason they have to recruite nurses from "poor countries".

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  • 348 staff nurse vacancies in just one trust?? And this is probably replicated across the country. This is crazy! When are the Government going to wake up to this? I have nothing against qualified nurses coming from abroad as long as they competent and can communicate effectively and safely in our language, but something is seriously wrong with the fact that we are are not able to train enough nurses and retain them once they are qualified.

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  • For UK born and trained nurses - if you can't stand the heat, then stay out of the kitchen.
    You have availability of stable employment and good conditions - either enjoy them or step aside for someone else to enjoy both the conditions and the pay, because there are thousand sating in the queue.

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  • Being a nurse in the NHS does not provide stability or good conditions, it provides worry about how many more cuts there will be and total exploitation for very little renumeration either financially or recognition of what a difficult job it is these days making sure all the boxes are ticked to keep all the layers of management happy

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