Plan to bring 202 nurses from Philippines to work in UK hospital stalls after 90% of them fail English language test

By Charlie Bayliss for MailOnline – A plan to bring over 202 nurses from the Philippines to work as nurses in an NHS hospital has failed after nearly 90 per cent of the first wave failed an English language test.
The nurses were offered jobs at the Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham, Kent, after bosses flew over to Manila in April this year in a bid to fill some of the 394 full-time nursing vacancies at the hospital.

Yet 52 of the 59 of the nurses due to start in autumn this year failed their English language test, meaning they cannot begin work.

Only seven of the nurses – just 12 per cent – passed the test which allows them to start work later this year.

The recruitment drive was brought about after the hospital struggled to fill its vacancies. Many of the hours were being filled in by costly agency staff, with temporary workers racking up more than 100,000 hours in December 2016 alone.
Nurses from countries outside the EU are forced to take an English test by the Nursing and Midwifery council to ensure their understanding of the language is of a suitable level.

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