NHS managers need to rely less on foreign nurses to help curb the shortage of trained staff as there are "a lot of people in this country who want to be nurses", the head of the Royal College of Nursing warned.
Dr Peter Carter denied the call to move away from overseas labour was "an anti-immigration thing", and said:
– Dr Peter Carter
Rather than be going off to poor Eastern European countries or India, or Bangladesh or wherever, often raiding their impoverished workforce, why not try to employ people in this country that want to be nurses?
Most people that have come from Eastern Europe have very high work ethic, are very conscientious and they're very good nurses.
It is not an anti-immigration thing but it's just a straight forward fact that you have got a lot of people in this country who want to be nurses but we're not training them.
It will get worse before it gets better.