Hospital bosses look abroad to Spain to recruit more nurses

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BOSSES running hospitals in Wakefield, Pontefract and Dewsbury are launching a £1.2 million drive to recruit more nurses, midwives and healthcare assistants including staff from abroad.

Sixty nurses from Spain will be among those appointed by the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust alongside domestic recruits. Earlier this month the trust was forced to close an elderly care ward at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield due to staffing shortages.

David Melia, interim deputy chief nurse at the Mid Yorkshire trust, said: “We want to hear from anyone who’s interested in working for us as a nurse, midwife or healthcare assistant.

“As part of our campaign we’re looking to recruit 60 nurses from Spain over the next six months. This is to support our domestic recruitment plan to ensure that we have a safe and sustainable nurse-to-patient ratio in our inpatient areas.

“All new recruits will go through a full and rigorous selection process that tests both the professional and clinical skills of the applicants as well as their communication skills.

“Given that all NHS trusts are facing similar issues, we are finding that the labour market is very competitive hence the need to also look overseas.”

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