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Portuguese nurses start training course at Scunthorpe hospital

Seventeen nurses from Portugal have started a six week training programme at hospitals in Grimsby and Scunthorpe.

Overseas nursing recruits start six week training programme Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Image

It is the second time in just over a year local NHS Trust chiefs have been forced to recruit nursing staff from overseas. In December 2013, a group of 20 Spanish nurses were taken on to fill vacancies.

The latest overseas recruits will be based at Scunthorpe, Grimsby's Diana Princess of Wales Hospital.

Benefit system to blame for hungry children, says child poverty group

A group which campaigns against child poverty says the benefit system is to blame for children going to school hungry.

A report released today says almost half of teachers across Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire say they are bringing in food for children to eat in the morning.

Imran Hussain from the Child Poverty Action Group told Calendar why he thinks the trend exists:

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Calls for subsidised breakfast clubs

There are calls today for subsidised breakfast clubs in schools after it emerged that some teachers are bringing food in to school to feed pupils.

A report found that a fifth of teachers say they've seen a rise in number of children arriving at class hungry while seven in ten claim children who don't eat first thing find it harder to learn.

Jill Rutter from the Family and Childcare Trust says schools should provide breakfasts:

Teachers resort to 'bringing in food for pupils' says report

Almost half of teachers across Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire say they are bringing in food for children to eat in the morning, according to a study.

Teachers are bringing in food according to this study Credit: PA

Meanwhile figures for the East Midlands, which includes Lincolnshire, show four in ten teachers say not eating first thing makes pupils more disruptive. Over sixty percent claim it makes them unable to learn.

Ambulance service: "Patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do"

Yorkshire Ambulance service has responded to Unite which is staging a demonstration over claims the service is trying to silence whistle blowers.

“Patients’ needs are at the heart of everything we do and our absolute focus is to ensure that we continue to deliver a safe, responsive and high quality service to them. We strongly refute the misleading claims of Unite the Union, which represents 8% of our workforce. We have a comprehensive whistleblowing policy in place and encourage staff to use that avenue in absolute confidence. We do not silence our staff."

– Ian Brandwood, Executive Director of People and Engagement at Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust
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