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|Nurses from Overseas 'Prop Up NHS'|
- Up to a quarter of all nurses in London from abroad
LONDON's hospitals are increasingly staffed by foreign nurses, according to a report from the influential King's Fund group.
In a survey of three of London's NHS Trust areas, between 12 and 25 per cent of nurses were found to have been trained outside the UK.
"International recruitment was initially regarded as a quick-fix, but it's now clear this is an integral part of many hospitals' recruitment strategies," said Professor James Buchan, of the King's Fund."
The problem, Buchan implies, is that employing overseas nurses tends to add to the problem of high staff turnover seen in the NHS. But cause and effect of such turnover is not at all clear: "There is a high turnover of nurses in London. We have an acute shortage of staff here and generally the NHS is being propped up by nurses from overseas," said Lucy Hamilton of the Royal College of Nursing.