A Lincolnshire Trust's decision to recruit 70 nurses from Europe to work at their hospitals from this week has been criticised by the Royal College of Nursing as a short-term fix.
United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust was placed in special measures this year and criticised for poor staffing levels. In August, the Trust said a low response to vacancies led them to widen their search to the continent.
A survey by the Nursing Times has found that over half of nurses believe their concerns about patient care are being ignored.
It follows the Francis Report which criticised Stafford Hospital for "appalling standards of care".
Health Minister Dr Dan Poulter said,
We are determined that staff who have the courage and integrity to speak out in the interests of patient safety are protected and listened to.
We have already taken a range of measures to protect and support whistleblowers in the NHS - including funding a national helpline, embedding rights in their employment contracts and issuing new guidance in partnership with trades unions and employers.
We are now considering the recommendations of the Francis Report in full and whether we need go further.