Whistleblowers Cast Aspersions on Foreign Nursing Issues in NHS

Whistleblowers have suggested that unqualified foreign nurses are putting NHS patients in danger.

These individuals are often being inappropriately left in charge of hospital wards, and this is causing significant difficulties for NHS customers.

Overseas-trained nurses who have come to Britain to work are being asked to carry out critical duties they are not trained for.

This is an issue reflecting both NHS and private wards according to a concerned group of British nurses.

The nurses in question approached the media in an anonymous capacity, suggesting that unqualified nurses are becoming a major issue in the health service.

According to whistleblowers, unqualified nurses are being allowed to do sensitive tasks such as administering drugs and changing intravenous insulin levels for diabetic patients.

Commenting on the issue, the Royal College of Nursing suggested that the testimony was indeed deeply worrying.

Although the NHS relies on thousands of overseas nurses to boost its workforce, foreign-trained staff must pass a six-month university course and be registered with the UK Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Testimony from many of the whistleblowers suggested that foreign and from qualified nurses have been carrying out the duties of Band 5 individuals in the National Health Service.

This is an unusual and inappropriate situation, as such nurses should be working as lower-paid healthcare assistants in support roles until qualified adequately.

Commeting on the situation, J.P. Nolan, head of nursing practice at the Royal College of Nursing, was suitably worried about the issue.

“It is deeply worrying if some HCAs are being pushed into doing the work of registered nurses, particularly in the absence of any permanent, registered staff to supervise them. Many hospitals are still shockingly over-reliant on agency staff due to long-term staffing problems, but placing more responsibility on the unregistered, unregulated workforce is unfair on the staff and a very poor solution for patients.”

Several of the whistleblowers pointed to dangerous situations occurring within various NHS trusts.

The issue will further intensify the situation related to the training of nurses, with strike action planned to oppose the government’s plans to vastly change the way that student funding is conducted.

In addition, with evidence indicating recently that the NHS is particularly reliant on immigration in the nursing profession, there are clearly logistical issues for both the government and health service to face.

Once again, the issue is indicative of major structural issues that the NHS must address in the remainder of this decade.


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