NHS sees 2,000 rise in foreign nurse use – UK training slump

David Wooding writing in The Sun on Sunday reports that thousands more nurses are working for the NHS after a slump in UK training.

There were 8,200 overseas nurses and midwives registered to work here in the past year – up from 6,200 a year earlier.

A NurseBut the number trained here slumped by more than 8,000 in 2014-15.

It means at least one in four new nurses did their learning abroad, Department of Health figures show. more than 26 per cent were from the EU and two per cent further afield.

Shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne said: “Too many young people in Britain are missing out on nursing jobs.

“Hospitals are forced to tour Europe for recruits as the government cuts nurse training.”

Labour has pledged to increase training and employ 20,000 UK-taught nurses if it wins power.

“Our NHS is like an old car – being driven closer and closer to the scrapyard!!!”

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