Weston Hospital to escape NHS nursing 'crisis'
PUBLISHED: 18:00 20 September 2015
WESTON General Hospital is expected to avoid a nursing 'crisis' predicted elsewhere in the NHS after the Government changed immigration rules.
Legislation approved last week effectively means nurses recruited from outside of the UK since 2011 must leave the country after six years if earning less than £35,000.
Hundreds of nursing staff across the South West will be affected according to Lors Alford, a senior regional figure within the Royal College of Nursing, who warns new laws may ‘compromise the safety of patients’.
She said: “We are in the middle of a severe nursing shortage in the South West and nurses recruited from abroad are essential to us being able to provide care to patients.
“These nurses have come to our region to care for us, our families, our friends and we need to keep them because without their help, our services could grind to a halt.”
However, Sheridan Flavin, human resources director at Weston Area Health NHS Trust, says the town’s hospital should escape problems as shrewd recruitment has seen nurses appointed from within the EU, thus escaping the new laws.
She said: “We have conducted many successful recruitment drives from outside the UK (but) these have taken place within the European Union which is exempt from the £35,000 ruling, so we don’t anticipate a significant impact to the trust.”