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Is the NMC right to relax language requirements for overseas nurses?

Decision welcomed as a supportive move that will boost the workforce with skilled nurses, but some people have concerns about patient safety

The decision has been welcomed as a supportive move that will boost the workforce with skilled nurses, but some people have concerns about patient safety

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) is to ease its English language requirements for nurses from abroad who apply to join the UK register.

The regulator says it wants to ‘strike the right balance’ between patient safety and flexibility.

Potential stumbling block for nurses wanting to work

It said feedback suggested the public was more concerned than healthcare staff and employers about such changes.

The Royal College of Midwives has withheld support for the move, but other unions have argued that unnecessarily difficult English language tests have been a stumbling

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