No checks for foreign nurses.

Posted: July 12, 2010 in NHS WATCH

Thousands of foreign nurses will be allowed to work in Britain without any safety checks because EU says so.

IlieThey will not need to sit rigorous competence exams before treating NHS patients nor will they have to show they have looked after patients in the past three years.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council will stop administering the tests in the autumn after being told it could be sued by the European Commission for breaking EU law on ‘freedom of movement’ for workers from the Continent.

Hasn’t anyone in this country got the ‘bottle’ to stand up to the EU? Relatives of people killed by these untested foreigners will sue as well. It’s going to cost taxpayers money either way but at least no one dies if we reject useless EU medical staff. Freedom of movement for workers is one thing, employing people who haven’t a clue about the job they are taking is something else!

Thankfully the test will still apply to non EU applicants. Under the current system, nurses from EU states wanting to work in hospitals, surgeries or care homes in Britain have to prove their clinical skills are up to standard.

Either they have to show they have carried out a minimum of 450 hours nursing in their own country in the past three years or they must attend an intensive three month course with regular tests on their knowledge and skills. In the past five years more than 40,000 nurses from the European Union applied to work in Britain. But just 270 completed the course, deterred by its cost and difficulty.

If there are so many vacancies why aren’t we re-training our unemployed for these jobs. Surely training medical staff is one of the basics of running a country.

  1. Does this new law mean as a Dental Nurse who holds The National Qualification has and over 35yrs dedicated service and experience working for The National Health Service that I will no longer have to pay The General Dental Council nearly a £100 to register every year, pay for a criminal check in September 2010 and be covered by indemnity insurance at £73 a year and 500 hours continuing professional developement (CPD’S) every 5 years. Or am I being discriminated against because i cover all appropriate criteria. This country makes me sick.

  2. Howard Thomas says:

    Just one more very good reason that we should leave the EU !! My initial reaction to this story is to tell them to bugger off and mind their own business.

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