Overseas recruitment: far from ‘stupid’, but far from enough to cover staff shortfall
Health minister’s conference soundbite exposes the inadequate planning behind the government’s nurse recruitment promise
At the recent Conservative Party conference, the newly appointed minister of state for care and mental health Gillian Keegan reportedly described NHS efforts to recruit overseas nurses as ‘stupid’ and ‘wrong’.
Subsequent media coverage has pointed out that active international recruitment of nurses is the cornerstone of government efforts to meet its own target of having 50,000 more nurses in NHS England by 2024.
Reliance on overseas recruitment highlights inadequate investment in self-sufficiency
Hopefully there is a more considered assessment to come from government on
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