Statement from NHA leader Dr Clive Peedell following the head of a leading NHS hospital saying it is "distracting, frustrating and expensive" to have to recruit large numbers of nurses from overseas. (story details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-33678773)
"These comments from the head of a leading NHS hospital highlighting the shocking costs of increasing overseas recruitment of nursing staff for the NHS underline the short-sightedness and economic incompetence of this government in its approach to the NHS. With our growing and ageing population, plus the changes brought in following the Francis Report, we need to be hugely increasing nurse training numbers in this country. There is no shortage of applicants. Last year there were 57,000 applicants for 20,000 nurse training posts. It is scandalous that so many have been turned away and that we are spending thousands of pounds to recruit nurses from overseas as well as over £1,000 a minute on agency nurses to plug staff shortages.
Meanwhile the Government’s constant denigrating attacks on General Practice have contributed to a situation where only 60% of doctor training places have been filled. It is a similar story for A&E training as young doctors are put off from working in overstretched and stressful specialties.
Against the background of an escalating shortage of doctors and nurses, £22bn of unfeasible “efficiency savings" to be made by 2020 and falling NHS productivity, the future is very bleak for the NHS under this Government."