Sheffield health bosses call for more foreign nurses to be allowed to work to ease staff shortage

The Royal Hallamshire Hospital is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
The Royal Hallamshire Hospital is run by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
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Health bosses in Sheffield are calling for the Government to allow foreign nurses work in the UK to reduce a staff shortage.

Heads of 10 NHS trusts across the country, including Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have signed a letter warning the Home Secretary that ‘stringent’ immigration rules are preventing them hiring nurses for the winter.

They are urging Theresa May to help address the shortage before the winter when hospitals tend to be under pressure.

Lobby group NHS Employers estimate that 1,000 certificates of sponsorship for nurses outside the EU will be needed within the next six months but claim ‘large numbers’ of applications have been rejected.

The organisation’s chief executive, Danny Mortimer, said: “These are nurses who’ve been recruited and could start work in the NHS shortly - but we can’t get them into the country.

“They are trained, registered nurses recruited from outside the EU - most typically from India and the Philippines.

“Their absence will be keenly felt. We are asking Theresa May to relieve the pressure on already stretched services as we head into the winter months.”

He said the fact 10 trust chiefs from across England had signed the letter showed the ‘strength of concern across the NHS’.