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Welsh health board welcomes 50 new nurses

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A cohort of more than 50 newly qualified nurses has joined Hywel Dda University Health Board in south west Wales.

Back in March, the health board held its largest ever open day for newly-qualifieds in the hope of recruiting new nurses for both adult acute services in its four hospitals and across its community settings.

According to the board, the workforce team and senior sisters who interviewed the candidates were “thrilled at the calibre shown” and were extremely pleased to offer every one of them a role.

In total, 53 newly qualified nurses have now joined the board’s nursing teams across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The new intake was recently welcomed to the organisation by its chair Bernardine Rees and chief executive Steve Moore.

NHS in Wales spending on agency nurses nearly doubled in the 12 months to February, with £60m used up on temporary staff over the last four years.

Hywel Dda University Health Board had accumulated one of the lower bills since 2011 at £5.8m.

However, earlier this month the board was hit by a shortage of junior doctors to such an extent that it has introduced a series of special measures that are expected to last til the end of the year.

Some surgery has been suspended and there will be a re-balancing of bed capacity across the board’s hospitals to take into account the medical workforce shortage, which is largely affecting Withybush Hospital in Haverfordwest.  

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