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The invasion of EU nurses: Number working in NHS doubles amid language fears after controls relaxed
Date 16/03/2011 14:34  Author webmaster  Hits 951  Language Global
16 MAR 2011

By Sophie Borland | Daily Mail

The number of European nurses registering to work in Britain has almost doubled since strict checks on their competence – including language skills – were scrapped.

Officials were forced to abandon compulsory tests on medical knowledge and skills for some foreign applicants in October, because they breached EU rules.

In the five months since they were stopped, 1,436 nurses from European countries have signed up to work in hospitals and care homes in Britain, compared with just 857 in the preceding five months.

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