Private recruitment firms bill NHS £750,000 to hire international nurses to plug sector’s worst ever staffing shortage

Private recruitment firms have received a 40 per cent cut of a £1.8million NHS campaign budget to attract overseas nurses to Northern Ireland during an unprecedented staffing crisis.

Despite the investment, only 133 new recruits are in post across the north’s hospitals and community sector since the international drive was launched by the Department of Health in 2016.

Department chiefs have insisted they are “on course” to meet their target of employing 622 international nurses by March 2020.

Full Story: The Irish News; 15 October 2018

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