Menu & Search

Kings College London and the University of Southampton found that the hospitals with the highest proportion of foreign nurses had the highest levels of patient dissatisfaction.

They questioned 12,000 patients and looked at the workforce of 46 NHS hospitals, and found that for every 10 per cent increase in the number of nurses trained abroad, there was a 12 per cent decrease in patients rating their hospital good or excellent.

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, study co-author from King’s College London, said: “Language differences, cultural expectations, and professional norms of different countries may all contribute to patients’ perceptions and create challenges for rapid and effective decision-making for acutely ill hospitalised patients.”

At some hospitals more than half of the nurses in the workforce were trained abroad, most commonly in the Philippines, India and countries in Africa.

A Department of Health spokesperson told The Telegraph: “Overseas nurses are a crucial part of the NHS team but they must be highly qualified, demonstrate care and compassion and have good communication skills. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has strict criteria to make sure this is the case.”

Many NHS trusts are trying to recruit more nurses following the scandal at Mid Staffs, where shortages of staff contributed to the appalling standards of care.

The Chancellor announced plans for an increase of nurse training places, to 10,000. However, the introduction of tuition fees on these courses, and the prospect of up to £65,000 of student debt may deter potential new recruits.

Start Your Claim Today Call 01904 556600
Tell us about your case

Just send us a little bit about yourself and your claim and we will respond within 24 hours.


Get In Touch
Latest News

Local Fire Crews Recruited to Help Deal With Growing NHS Demands

The Worcestershire Acute Hospital Trust has agreed on plans to draft in fire crews to take patients home in a bid to prevent overcrowding […]

Read More

NHS Cancer Treatment Waiting Times Worst on Record

Over halfway through the year, new figures show that 133,843 cancer patients have not been treated within the relevant standards. NHS cancer treatment waiting […]

Read More

Diabetes Prescriptions Cost the NHS More than £1bn A Year

Diabetes prescriptions are costing the NHS in England more than £1 billion a year, according to new figures from NHS Digital, up by almost […]

Read More

Take a look back through our complete news archive

Follow us on Twitter

Have you suffered an injury as the result of a defective implant? Here at Pryers Solicitors, we know that things don't always go as planned - and we want to help. Speak to one of our friendly advisors and learn more now
https://t.co/i93etgaoCp

We are recruiting for some new roles now available at Pryers. This is an exciting opportunity to join our team and play a key part in shaping the future of our firm. Apply here now

https://t.co/dOWWHzFXQp

Load More...