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Scotland tightens security checks

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Scottish health boards should check nurses for criminal records in other countries before employing staff from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), under new government rules.

Scottish health boards should check nurses for criminal records in other countries before employing staff from outside the European Economic Area (EEA), under new government rules.

If the information cannot be obtained from the applicant’s country of origin it will be up to boards to carry out a risk assessment to ensure nurses do not pose a threat to national safety.

The revised Scottish Government guidance on pre-employment checks will be released this month, following recommendations made by Audit Scotland after a failed terror attack at Glasgow Airport in June, which allegedly involved overseas staff working in the NHS.

Audit Scotland also recommended last week that immigration status is included in the national workforce information system.

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