Hospital bosses recruit nurses from Spain and Portugal to ease staff shortages at the Royal Bolton

Hospital bosses recruit nurses from Spain and Portugal to ease staff shortages at the Royal Bolton

Hospital bosses recruit nurses from Spain and Portugal to ease staff shortages at the Royal Bolton

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HOSPITAL bosses travelled to Madrid to recruit 40 Spanish and Portuguese nurses to work at the Royal Bolton to help a shortage of staff, it has been revealed.

A group of matrons and HR staff visited the Spanish capital as part of a recruitment drive in a bid to attract qualified staff to come and work in Bolton.

The nurses – 33 from Spain, seven from Portugal — will start work at the hospital in the second week of August across a range of medical specialities.

Trish Armstrong-Child, director of nursing at the hospital, said problems with a lack of staff plus sickness among employees had led to some wards not having enough nurses per patients.

A report looking at the reasons why people were leaving the Royal Bolton, to identify any trends, will be presented at a hospital meeting in July.

Ms Armstrong-Child said: “We used an independent health firm as part of the recruitment process, and the resources they have immense, meaning the nurses are able to start almost straight away.

“The standard is absolutely the same. I will not say they are better than British nurses, I have absolutely every assurance that they are of a very high quality.

“There is a particular market for nurses in Spain, because there are no jobs.

“We are confident that the level of language is of a high standard — in fact, some of them have worked here before.”

She added the organisation was working to make it more attractive to students who train at the hospital in the hope they choose to stay in Bolton.

Hospital bosses announced a year ago that the trust announced planned to appoint 143 new nursing staff as part of a £2.5 million investment.

But bosses admitted recruitment had been an issues because of a lack of training places.

Then last December chiefs at the Royal Bolton were having to look abroad to fill vacancies.

Pre-registration nurses are now given the opportunity to apply for a job nine months before they qualify, and 27 of the current cohort will start work full-time in September.

Bolton West MP Julie Hilling spoke out about the problems in Parliament this week, and called on Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to do more to make sure there was enough nurses to staff hospital wards.

She told The Bolton News: “The government has cut 10,000 nurse training places, which means we’re having to go abroad to recruit when we have unemployed young people who are really suitable to be trained as nurses.

“That’s the scandal.”

The starting salary for nurses is just £21,388. It takes three years to complete a full-time nursing degree.

It is not the first time the Royal Bolton Hospital has recruited staff from abroad.

In 2002, 24 nurses from the Philippines arrived in the town to fill a shortfall of nurses.

Many have settled in Bolton, made it their home and are still a vital part of the team at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

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7:32pm Mon 7 Jul 14

boltonnut says...

Did B.N. ask how many "bosses" were going on this mission?I thought not.The government has cut 10,000 training places,why? They are willing to spend millions to bring foreign workers in but not willing to train their own people.Could it be these new positions will be paid minimum wages allowing hospitals more money to squander on their over paid "bosses" jaunts around the world on their make belief trips of mercy.How long before these "new nurses" are overworked and sick? Nurses do a wonderful job they should get the respect they deserve.
Did B.N. ask how many "bosses" were going on this mission?I thought not.The government has cut 10,000 training places,why? They are willing to spend millions to bring foreign workers in but not willing to train their own people.Could it be these new positions will be paid minimum wages allowing hospitals more money to squander on their over paid "bosses" jaunts around the world on their make belief trips of mercy.How long before these "new nurses" are overworked and sick? Nurses do a wonderful job they should get the respect they deserve. boltonnut
  • Score: 20

6:41am Wed 9 Jul 14

breightmet kid says...

In days long gone by our children left school on a Friday and had a job to go to on Monday morning. We had good schools, a good Grammar school, a good Technical school and plenty of local secondary schools all offering our children a good education, and no youth unemployment.

The Infirmary had a nurses training school and this produced many fine qualified nurses from with our community. We didnt have highly paid managers looking to have a few days holiday in a foreign country on the excuse of looking for staff whilst spending huge amounts of public money. We had dedicated staff interesting in their community offering the highest standards to our sick and dying.

This is another example of Common Sense gone out of the window and it is obvious that there is no independent accountability at our hospital. We seem to have managers who think that there job is to waste money and have a good time on public funding. When will we all begin to see the light and get back to reality and common sense.

In the meantime we have lots of our kids walking the street, lounging about, smoking, drinking and taking drugs, with absolutely no future whatsoever. Does anyone care, our politician pontificate but certainly dont.
In days long gone by our children left school on a Friday and had a job to go to on Monday morning. We had good schools, a good Grammar school, a good Technical school and plenty of local secondary schools all offering our children a good education, and no youth unemployment. The Infirmary had a nurses training school and this produced many fine qualified nurses from with our community. We didnt have highly paid managers looking to have a few days holiday in a foreign country on the excuse of looking for staff whilst spending huge amounts of public money. We had dedicated staff interesting in their community offering the highest standards to our sick and dying. This is another example of Common Sense gone out of the window and it is obvious that there is no independent accountability at our hospital. We seem to have managers who think that there job is to waste money and have a good time on public funding. When will we all begin to see the light and get back to reality and common sense. In the meantime we have lots of our kids walking the street, lounging about, smoking, drinking and taking drugs, with absolutely no future whatsoever. Does anyone care, our politician pontificate but certainly dont. breightmet kid
  • Score: 23

7:01am Wed 9 Jul 14

Best an says...

Let's hope that this is a start to much better care, more staff on wards and clinics. The quota of nurses to each shift now is dreadful and no wonder mistakes are made.
My daughter who is pregnant went to the Triage a few night ago, There were two staff who she said were absolutely run off their feet but they were lovely to her, she felt terribly sorry for them, this is how mistakes are made and unfortunately this is going on all over the hospital.
You won't find management in this position!!!
Let's hope that this is a start to much better care, more staff on wards and clinics. The quota of nurses to each shift now is dreadful and no wonder mistakes are made. My daughter who is pregnant went to the Triage a few night ago, There were two staff who she said were absolutely run off their feet but they were lovely to her, she felt terribly sorry for them, this is how mistakes are made and unfortunately this is going on all over the hospital. You won't find management in this position!!! Best an
  • Score: 2

8:33am Wed 9 Jul 14

Gore Seer says...

Every Year It Cost Joe Public Average £64 Million On Interpreters.I Would Dearly Love To See The Amount Already Paid Out On The NHS Incompetent Staff Claims, My Friends Sister Got Over 4 Million Pay Out.
Every Year It Cost Joe Public Average £64 Million On Interpreters.I Would Dearly Love To See The Amount Already Paid Out On The NHS Incompetent Staff Claims, My Friends Sister Got Over 4 Million Pay Out. Gore Seer
  • Score: -2

9:50am Wed 9 Jul 14

johnnykilroy4 says...

More Money Wasted !!!!!
More Money Wasted !!!!! johnnykilroy4
  • Score: 1

1:36pm Wed 9 Jul 14

stylish says...

start treating the good hard working nurses properly and you will be able to retain the good staff start looking at the serial abusers of the sickness system, thus causing staff shortages, the N.H.S know who they are and allow it to carry on whilst they treat the staff who turn up day after day and work their socks off with total content , too much bullying from management and H.R goes on whilst those who are never at work are allowed all kind of privilages There are so many excellent nurses that have left Bolton N.H.S trust as they are so totally worn out and disillusioned, and yes management at Bolton will use any excuse to have a jolly home or abroad at the expense of N.H.S money at a cost that would make your eyes water
start treating the good hard working nurses properly and you will be able to retain the good staff start looking at the serial abusers of the sickness system, thus causing staff shortages, the N.H.S know who they are and allow it to carry on whilst they treat the staff who turn up day after day and work their socks off with total content , too much bullying from management and H.R goes on whilst those who are never at work are allowed all kind of privilages There are so many excellent nurses that have left Bolton N.H.S trust as they are so totally worn out and disillusioned, and yes management at Bolton will use any excuse to have a jolly home or abroad at the expense of N.H.S money at a cost that would make your eyes water stylish
  • Score: 3

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