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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