28 / 7 / 2015 11.13am
Danny Mortimer, Chief Executive of NHS Employers who supports training for overseas nurses said:
“The commitment of individuals from overseas who have joined our clinical teams for many years and their compassionate approach in delivering care is valued by patients and colleagues across the NHS.
“We know that many NHS organisations are facing recruitment challenges and that overseas recruitment can provide a medium term solution whilst other plans particularly the training of new nurses come to fruition. Employers will have tried all other options before embarking on overseas recruitment and its essential that processes to recruit nurses from overseas work effectively and responsively when we need them.
“Whilst employers continue to recruit nurses from the European Union they are telling us that visa applications for non-EU nurses are being rejected because of controls on numbers. I have made these concerns known to colleagues at the Department of Health and Home Office to and I look forward to receiving their response.”