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Readers’ panel: Should the UK stop recruiting nurses from developing countries?

Interim chief executive of the International Council of Nurses Thomas Kearns has urged Western nations not to ‘destroy’ the health systems of developing countries by draining them of nurses to fill their own staffing gaps, and focus on homegrown staff instead. Nursing Standard readers have their say.

The interim chief executive of the International Council of Nurses has urged Western nations not to ‘destroy’ the health systems of developing countries by draining them of nurses to fill their own staffing gaps. Nursing Standard readers have their say

Beverley Ramdeen is a senior nursing lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire @BeverleyRamdeen

Recruiting nurses globally as a quick fix for the shortage of UK nurses is short-sighted. The recruitment process should not prevent staff from around the world coming to work in the UK, but more long-term planning is needed. It makes more sense to improve existing working conditions for UK nurses in terms of pay, staffing levels and leadership. Helping trusts to develop their own staff is a more sustainable plan than

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