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Why NHS’s reliance on overseas nurses will last for years to come

Nurses recruited internationally are a mainstay of the NHS – and that is not about to change

Foreign nurses whether from the EU or beyond are a mainstay of UK healthcare and thats not about to change, whatever anyone says

One of the tipped candidates for the NHS England chief executive job vacancy reportedly vowed to end the NHS's reliance on foreign nurses .

She did not make the interview shortlist, but the question lingers.

Does it make sense to suggest that the NHS could become self-sufficient in nurse staffing?

UK healthcare depends on attracting an international nurse workforce

The most useful data on the profile of international nurses in the UK is from the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).


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