Immigration rules are hit­ting re­cruit­ment say hos­pi­tal chiefs

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

BOSSES at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal have warned that ‘strin­gent’ immigration rules are pre­vent­ing them hir­ing nurses for the win­ter.

Ten heads of lead­ing NHS trusts, in­clud­ing the East Cheshire NHS Trust, have signed a let­ter urg­ing the Home Sec­re­tary to help ad­dress the short­age by al­low­ing for­eign nurses to work in the UK.

Lobby group NHS Em­ploy­ers, which is lead­ing the cam­paign on be­half of the health trusts, es­ti­mated 1,000 cer­tifi­cates of spon­sor­ship for nurses out­side the EU would be needed within the next six months and “large num­bers” of ap­pli­ca­tions had been re­jected.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Danny Mor­timer, said: “These are nurses who’ve been re­cruited and could start work in the NHS shortly - but we can’t get them into the coun­try. They are trained, reg­is­tered nurses re­cruited from out­side the EU - most typ­i­cally from In­dia and the Philip­pines. Their ab­sence will be keenly felt. We are ask­ing Theresa May to re­lieve the pres­sure on al­ready stretched ser­vices as we head into the win­ter months.”

John Wil­bra­ham, chief ex­ec­u­tive of East Cheshire NHS Trust, has spo­ken to Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who has pledged to take the is­sue to the Depart­ment of Health and Home Of­fice.

Mr Rut­ley said: “I have been re­as­sured that there are no is­sues with nurs­ing lev­els in Mac­cles­field, but there are con­cerns that as the pop­u­la­tions ages there could be grow­ing re­cruit­ment from over­seas.

“The gov­ern­ment is also tak­ing ac­tion by look­ing to re­cruit 23,000 nurses over the next four years.”

Over the last 10 years ago dozens of Philipinos and Span­ish nurses have ar­rived in Mac­cles­field.

Kath Se­nior, Di­rec­tor of Nurs­ing at Mac­cles­field Hos­pi­tal, said: “East Cheshire NHS Trust is a very at­trac­tive place for nurses to come and work. De­spite this, and de­spite ac­tively re­cruit­ing from a num­ber of EU coun­tries, like many other trusts we have found it dif­fi­cult to re­cruit enough per­ma­nent nurs­ing staff in re­cent months. As a re­sult, we have been forced to seek ad­di­tional re­sources to en­sure safe staffing re­quire­ments.

“We welcome the Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to ad­di­tional train­ing places for nurses but it will take sev­eral years for these trainees to be­come qual­i­fied. In the mean­time, we be­lieve that more nurses from out­side the EU need to be made avail­able to the NHS to meet cur­rent de­mands.”

●● Busi­ness­man Faris Mousa out­side Manch­ester Crown Court

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.