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Lincolnshire Trust criticised for nursing decision

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.

Nursing shortage means hospitals are looking overseas

The trust which runs King's Mill and Newark hospitals is considering recruiting nurses from Spain because of a shortage of British nurses.

This comes after two other trusts in the East Midlands said they were also looking to recruit from abroad.

A nurse prepares to deliver an injection Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire/Press Association Images


Nursery attack heroine now a nurse

A woman who shielded youngsters from a machete-wielding attacker in Wolverhampton has graduated as a nurse.

Lisa Potts-Webb was awarded the George Medal in 1997 after protecting children at a teddy bears' picnic at the nursery in Blakenhall, where she worked.

Lisa Potts-Webb receives George medal for bravery in 1997 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Paranoid schizophrenic, Horrett Campbell, was found guilty of seven counts of attempted murder for the 1996 attacks.

Mrs Potts-Webb, who suffered severe cuts to her head, arms and back, has now qualified as a nurse from Wolverhampton University.

The 38-year-old, who runs the charity, Believe to Achieve, completed a three-year Diploma of Higher Education in Nursing and accepted her certificate at a ceremony earlier this month.

Health minister: steps taken to listen to whistleblowers

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.

– Dr Dan Poulter, Health Minister