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Anger at NHS ‘mismanagement’ as number of foreign nurses soars

The Royal College of Nursing has slammed the findings as “no way to run a health service” as the number of nurses arriving to work here from overseas has leapt by nearly 50 per cent in just a year. Dr Peter Carter, chief executive of the RCN said: “It is common sense that relying on short-term fixes is far more expensive in the long run. “Yet the UK has been cutting the supply of nurses to save money, then realising too late that patient safety is in danger and paying even more money to recruit from overseas.  “It is the equivalent of relying on payday loans and it is no way to run a health service.” The new figures show that, for the first time in almost a decade, Britain is now importing more nurses than it exports. At a time when the NHS is struggling amid crippling cuts and a desperate shortage of money, the RCN said the “mismanagement” and costly scramble to tempt nurses here from abroad is wasting millions of pounds.

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