Isle MP and government health select committee member Andrew Percy has sought reassurances over an influx of Spanish nurses to Scunthorpe Hospital.
Mr Percy visited the hospital last month to look around wards and speak with staff on the front line of the NHS. After meeting staff he was told the Trust was in the process of recruiting a number of nurses internationally to help fill shortages.
The 20 nurses arrived last week following a recruitment drive across the Mediterranean. The new nurses will spend six weeks going through their mandatory training and induction courses.
Mr Percy said: “I was keen to push them to ensure that they speak English properly and have the right level of skills. The Trust assured me this was the case and that in a recent interview test on drugs use, the Spanish nurses they have recruited, scored very highly indeed. Obviously, I want to see local nurses recruited, but as there is such a shortage of nurses at the moment, it is important we get vacancies filled.”
Chief nurse at the Trust, Dr Karen Dunderdale, said: “We are delighted with our recruitment drive overseas. In addition to this we have new recruitment adverts out in various publications across the UK and vacancies are constantly advertised on our website. We shall continue to try to attract nurses in the UK through our local and national recruitment campaigns.” Go to www.nlg.nhs.uk for job vacancies.