Can the NHS stick to its commitment to ethical recruitment?

Amid global healthcare staffing shortages, the NHS is relying more heavily on overseas nurses
Illustration showing arrivals at an airport, with an arrivals board showing a breakdown of nurse numbers coming from different countries

Amid global healthcare staffing shortages and a UK nurse staffing deficit, the NHS is relying more heavily on recruitment of overseas nurses

The NHS has often looked to overseas nurses to help fill UK staffing gaps.

But what effect does this have on nations that can ill afford to lose vital healthcare staff?

As the government proposes that international recruitment be stepped up ‘significantly’ to help plug a 43,000 shortfall of nurses in England, nursing experts have renewed calls for employers to take an ethical approach to international recruitment.

Staff shortages and Brexit: why overseas recruitment matters to your NHS workplace

The nursing shortage in England is the ‘most urgent challenge’ facing the NHS workforce, according to the Interim NHS People Plan , which sets out how the health service will recruit and retain staff.