Half recruited nurses in the UK are from overseas

Almost
half of nurses starting work in the UK each year come from abroad, according to
a new study.

The
research carried out for the Royal College of Nursing by academics at the
University of Edinburgh, shows the number of nurses recruited into Britain has
trebled in the past five years from 6,000 to 18,048.

However,
the More Nurses, Working Differently? report shows the number of new
British nurses has dropped by 959 since 1999.

The
report states that new government recruitment and retention schemes are failing
to meet a target of 80,000 more nurses in the NHS by 2008.

By Michael Millar

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