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Yorkshire trust looks to India to fill nursing vacancies


Managers from Mid Yorkshire NHS Hospitals Trust plan to go to India later this month with the aim of recruiting 70 nurses.

They hope to have the nurses in post by the end of May, according to trust board papers.

The trust had 78 whole-time equivalent positions vacant in December for adult inpatient areas. The medicine division has particular problems, with 47 vacancies as of December.

The trust’s assistant chief nurse, Helen Hey, told the board: “The rolling recruitment programme continues and the team plans for open events and attendance at job fairs throughout the early spring.

“In addition, the team are working on a return to practice programme with a local university,” she added.

The move comes in contrast to the majority of trusts facing staff shortages, which have sent recruitment teams to European countries reeling from the financial crisis.



Readers' comments (3)

  • Oh dear they should have read the Nursing Times first.

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  • Why go to India is it not better to support euro neighbours struggling if home grown nurses cant be recruited. i.e Greece maybe?? A lot is to do with salaries I know after I wanted to return to practice after a short time out having had children I was offered a junior staff nurse grade despite having only 'held bleep' for department within previous 2 years and regularly in charge of ward. My hospital had unfortunately had to recruit to the Phillipines whilst I was away and hence there was no posts at senior staff nurse level. I ended up doing agency as did not see why I should take a poorly paid position despite unblemished record and continual hard work. There is no real willingness to retain and value staff. Hours inflexible for working parents and 12 hour shifts should not be imposed on staff that find they do not suit them. It is difficult to keep mentally alert sometimes on acute fast wards let alone the physical aspects !!!

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  • The NHS stumbles from one problem into another,next we will be recruiting from Mars.

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