With locally trained nurses bailing out Britain’s NHS, the system has been desperately forced to import foreign staff to stay afloat.
UK nurses are turning to Britain for greener pastures abroad, as the country’s socialized health service, the NHS, is desperately importing foreign labor to stay afloat. .
Senior Nursing and Midwifery Council officials now express concern that British health care may now rely too heavily on foreign staff, and that a future global shock similar to the COVID-19 pandemic could leave the socialized health care service in short supply. staff chronicle.
According to a report released Wednesday by the organization, just under half of new UK registered nurses were trained internationally, with two-thirds of that number coming from India or the Philippines.
In contrast, the NHS saw a record number of nurses and midwives leaving the free point-of-use service, with many citing too much pressure or a poor work culture as the reason for leaving.
“…workforce growth has become more dependent on internationally trained professionals joining our registry,” said Andrea Sutcliffe, who serves as Executive Director of the Council for Nursing and Midwifery.
“These professionals make a vital and welcome contribution to the health and well-being of our nation. But we cannot take them for granted,” he continued.
“Two years ago, we felt the impact of the pandemic on global travel; the number of international additions to our registry was drastically reduced”, continued the leader of the association. “A future pandemic or other global disruption could cause history to repeat itself, but with an even greater impact on overall registry growth.”
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Now that the service seems so reliant on nurses from abroad, some have raised fears that the NHS’s need to bring in staff from abroad could negatively affect patients.
“We question again how sustainable it is to hire half of all new nurses around the world,” The Telegraph reports that the executive director of the Royal College of Nursing, Pat Cullen, said.
“The UK health and care workforce is proudly diverse, but it must be done ethically while increasing investment in education and domestic workers,” he continued. “In the interest of safe patient care, ministers across the UK must act decisively to retain the experienced nurses of today and inspire those of tomorrow.”
Another senior health care official, Saffron Cordery, from the NHS provider member organisation, expressed concern that the rise in the number of staff leaving the public health care service could worsen staff shortages that are already problematic in certain areas.
“The labor shortage across the NHS, with over 110,000 vacancies, is a huge risk to patient safety by affecting the quality of care that can be delivered by overburdened staff – ‘too much pressure’ is the third reason most commonly cited by those leaving,” Cordery said. , while he also called the exodus of staff “worrying”.
“We are already short 2,000 midwives in England, but the number in the NHS continues to fall as demand for maternity services grows,” Royal College of Midwives chief executive Gill Walton said meanwhile, regarding the haemorrhage of staff from the NHS. system, warning that shortages could lead to negative outcomes for those who need care.
“Other UK countries are also facing pressure,” he continued. “This is not sustainable and is certainly having an impact on the safety and quality of care for women, babies and their families.”