The 2 largest worldwide contributors to Britain’s nursing workforce, India and the Philippines, aren’t on the red-list.
Britain recruited a document variety of worldwide nurses within the final monetary 12 months to plug hospital staffing shortages, with as many as 10 per cent coming from so-called ‘red-list’ international locations the place well being employees shouldn’t be actively recruited.
Britain has lengthy employed from overseas to employees its state-run Nationwide Well being Service (NHS), and its vote to go away the European Union in 2016 meant the variety of EU employees has dropped sharply in recent times.
Within the 12 months to March, practically half of the 52,148 nurses, midwives and nursing associates who joined the British register had been internationally educated, in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). Almost 3,500 got here from Nigeria, which is on the the World Well being Group’s safeguards record.
The WHO has warned that poorer international locations are more and more shedding healthcare staff to wealthier international locations, and has flagged concern over lively recruitment in some international locations.
Jim Buchan, senior fellow on the Well being Basis, stated the numbers arriving in Britain from red-list international locations, notably Nigeria and Ghana, had gone up markedly.
“The requirement of (WHO) member states is to not actively recruit from these international locations, however what the info can’t inform us is how these nurses have come to be on the UK register,” he stated.
Caroline Waterfield, director of growth and employment at NHS Employers stated hospital trusts and others who rent employees in England’s NHS have been informed to work solely with businesses which can be accredited, vetted and never working in red-list international locations.
“The bit which has all the time been a bit extra difficult is that if people apply themselves,” she stated.
The foundations don’t cease people primarily based in red-list international locations making use of for jobs in Britain, and whereas an company might not actively recruit them, neighborhood hyperlinks to folks already within the nation would possibly imply folks apply extra from sure international locations.
Paul Wanyonyi Simiyu is a nurse, initially from Kenya, who got here to Britain 4 years in the past. Kenya is on Britain’s “amber” record, that means any lively nurse recruitment needs to be by a bilateral settlement Britain has with Kenya.
Regardless of that settlement, Simiyu estimates 90 per cent of the recruitment of Kenyan nurses comes by way of direct purposes to UK jobs, including that there usually aren’t jobs for them in Kenya. He based KenyanNurse to assist prepare Kenyan nurses for English exams and advises them on course of their registration.
“It’s not in opposition to any worldwide or nationwide legal guidelines for me to inform a good friend or anybody else, hey, there’s a job someplace abroad,” he stated.
Just lately, Britain introduced £15 million in funding to strengthen the well being workforce in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana, citing low employees numbers of their well being techniques and excessive unemployment amongst well being staff.
Britain’s well being service has endured a tricky winter, creaking beneath excessive demand, staffing shortages, strike motion over pay and lengthy waits for operations and ambulance visits.
It pledged in 2019 to have 50,000 extra nurses within the NHS in England by subsequent 12 months, and well being minister Steve Barclay stated the federal government is heading in the right direction to hit that concentrate on and would publish a brand new long-term workforce plan shortly. The Well being Basis estimates that NHS England has 43,000 nursing vacancies.