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Warning that hospitals will struggle without EU nursing staff

As front line NHS staff gear up to cope with the winter onslaught, it's being warned that a sharp drop in student nurse recruits - combined with plummeting numbers of EU nurses coming to work in the UK could have severe consequences for patients.

The NHS is facing a recruitment crisis, but new nurses are not being attracted to the profession and after the Brexit referendum the number of EU nurses coming here to work - plummeted - a staggering 96 per cent.

In some of the region's healthcare trusts - where more than 1 in every 10 nurses is from the EU - it's warned we could be left short of staff if the doors are closed to nurses from neighbouring countries

Sarah Saunders spoke to Spanish nurse and UNISON rep Joan Pons Laplana; nurse and Royal College of Nursing union rep Ged Swinton; student nurse Hayley Parpworth and Patricia Marquis of the Royal College of Nursing.


South East needs to fill 1,000 nursing posts

It's been revealed that around 1,000 nursing posts need to be filled at hospitals across the South East - prompting a warning that the NHS will be under extra pressure this winter due to staff shortages.

Many health trusts are recruiting nurses from abroad to ease the shortfall. Tom Savvides reports from Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, where 25 Spanish nurses are about to take up new jobs.

Interviewees: Jennifer Izunwanne, nurse; Amy Fitzgerald, nurse; Karen McIntyre, Deputy Director of Nursing.

Nurse paid £1,800 for one shift

An agency nurse has been paid £1,800 for working a single 11-hour Bank Holiday shift at a Kent hospital.

Health watchdogs say the payment is the result of chaotic recruitment in the NHS.

But the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust says it was the victim of 'market forces'.

John Ryall spoke to Dr John Lister of the campaign group Health Emergency and the Liberal Democrat candidate for Maidstone and The Weald Jasper Gerard.

Dorset care home in administration

A 31-bed nursing and residential home in Dorset has been placed into administration ahead of going up for sale.

Julie Palmer and Simon Campbell, of business recovery specialists Begbies Traynor, have been appointed joint administrators for The Old Rectory Nursing and Residential Home, run by DAH Healthcare Limited, in Langton Matravers, near Swanage.

The care home, whose 21 residents have not been affected, puts its woes down to cash flow difficulties resulting from historical occupancy rate and staffing issues. However, the business is continuing to trade, thanks to a range of stabilisation measures taken by the administrators.