NHS 'would not cope' without overseas staff, nursing leaders warn
Nursing leaders have warned that the NHS "would not cope" without staff from abroad, as new figures suggest the number of EU nationals joining NHS hospitals has soared.
Around one in five nurses recruited in England 2015/16 were non-British EU nationals - up from one in 14 in 2011/12.
Over the same period the proportion of British nurses joining hospitals dropped from roughly 78% to 70%.
The Royal College of Nursing said the figures showed nurses trained abroad made a "critical contribution" to the health service, while the British Medical Association said the NHS could... read more