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Overseas nursing recruitment campaign costs £566k

A CAMPAIGN which has cost more than £500,000 to recruit overseas nurses to help plug 1,500 vacancies in the health service has resulted in only 12 jobs being filled.
Italy, Greece, Romania, India and the Philippines were visited by 37 health trust staff between last May and June this year in a drive to tackle spiralling nursing shortages and rocketing bills on agency staff.
Funded by the Department of Health, this was the first campaign of its kind in more than a decade and was also attended by four employees from private recruitment firms.
Details obtained through a Freedom of Information (Fo)) request reveal that, while a total of 66 EU and non-EU recruits have 'arrived' in Northern Ireland, the vast majority cannot legally work as nurses as they must complete exams and "satisfy requirements" set by the regulator, the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
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