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So there are significant risks if you are planning your workforce on the basis of people coming from abroad.’It would, of course, be wholly wrong to ignore the vital contribution made by foreign-born doctors and nurses to the functioning of the NHS.

Over the decades, medics from across the world have come to this country bringing with them their expertise and a willingness to work in a highly pressured and often under-resourced environment.

When asked why she was not wearing gloves, Ms Mysllinj replied: ‘We don’t wear them in Romania.’Other anecdotal evidence of problems caused by poor communication skills includes a female in-patient recovering from surgery who resorted to calling 999 after repeatedly failing to get the nurse to understand that she needed to see the on-call doctor.But the recent surge in nurse numbers from abroad is causing deep consternation within the medical community, because it once again demonstrates the inability of the NHS either to plan ahead, or to get the most from the billions of pounds of taxpayers’ money it spends each year.To understand what has gone wrong it is necessary to turn the clock back to 2009, when 17,571 English-trained nurses joined the register having completed their three-year, state-funded degree courses in this country.‘We were told they would be made by cutting waste and cutting bureaucracy, but we were very concerned that nursing and staffing posts would be targeted as a way of making efficiency savings — history also tells us that when money is tight in the NHS, training and education is cut.’That point was forcefully made by the Francis Report.Published last year, it examined the causes of the Mid-Staffordshire scandal, where staff shortages contributed to the deaths of up to 1,200 patients.Following its recommendations, coupled with increased scrutiny of staffing levels at local and national levels, NHS trusts last year woke up to the fact they needed to boost dramatically the number of nurses on the wards.In recent years, patients have been told how they have been forced to use sign language to communicate with staff and some hospitals have resorted to sticking pictures of medical equipment on cupboard doors, rather than written lists, so that nurses know where to find everything.

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