William Powell AM has written to the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP asking for urgent action in allowing recruitment of nurses from both inside and outside the EU.
The Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital, (SaTH), are facing serious staff shortages and are unable to recruit enough nurses from within the UK. Health boards such as Betsi Cadwaladr and Hywel Dda face similar issues.
Jane Dodds, Welsh Assembly Candidate for the Liberal Democrats in Montgomeryshire, commented:
"Some hospitals are paying thousands of pounds for an agency nurse to cover a single shift. This simply isn't sustainable. The shortage of nurses is self-evident, and it's time that we started to take real steps to addressing this issue.
Commenting Mid & West Wales Liberal Democrat Assembly Member, William Powell said;
“We simply have not trained enough nurses in Britain to be able to fill job vacancies. What are hospitals to do if the process of employing staff from Europe and countries outside the EU makes recruitment nearly impossible? SaTH have asked for my support in raising this issue with the Minister and I have willingly done that. Many Montgomeryshire patients rely on these hospitals for their health care.
”There are 2 simple things the Minister can do to help.
1. Recognise that this is a Shortage Occupation
2. Improve the points system for nurses so that they are given a priority.
“My constituents are appalled that our hospitals are now having to spend millions on agency staff when it need not be necessary. The Country and our hospitals simply cannot afford to let this impasse continue.”
Notes: Pictured from Left to Right; Mark Williams MP for Ceredigion, Jane Dodds, Welsh Assembly Candidate for Montgomeryshire and William Powell Assembly Member for Mid and West Wales.