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Invasion of the EU nurses

16th March 2011

The number of European nurses registering to work in Britain has risen sharply.

In the five months since strict checks on their competence were scrapped, 1,436 nurses from European countries have signed up to work in hospitals and care homes in Britain, compared with just 857 in the preceding five months. Officials were forced to abandon compulsory tests on medical knowledge and skills for some foreign applicants in October, because they breached EU rules. However, patient organisations have raised concerns.

 

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