LETTER: We should recruit nurses here

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I read your piece, (Staffing shortage with 58 job vacancies for registered nurses at the hospital), with interest.

We in UKIP have long said if we can recruit talented British nurses that can only be a good thing for the NHS and for patients.

For Pilgrim Hospital to say part of its strategy is ‘to recruit more people from the EU’, and then say that many nurses from Italy and Greece left the hospital because they wanted to be near an airport so they could return home at weekends, is a little odd I think.

Surely better to learn from experience and maybe adopt a strategy which doesn’t give preference to nurses from the EU.

Just a thought.

Roger Helmer

UK Independence Party Member of the European Parliament for Boston