NHS Trust under fire from care group for ‘poaching’ overseas nursing staff

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A south of England care home group says it plans to take legal action against a hospital trust in a bid to stop nurses that it has recruited from abroad being poached. Management at Crown Nursing Homes, with five homes in Oxfordshire, claims the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust (ORH) is offering jobs to foreign nurses that it has brought in from overseas. Chief executive David Wilson said his company intended to sue the ORH trust, saying the company had invested thousands of pounds in nursing recruitment and training. “We are reliant on overseas staff because recruitment here is so bad,” Mr Wilson said. “We want to take legal action against the trust and an individual nurse. We’ ve been told we can sue her for breach of contract, and the trust for encouraging her to break that contract. They took this nurse on, even though we didn’t give them any references. They could be relying on very old references from a foreign country.” Mr Wilson said that, at present 60 per cent of Crown Nursing Homes’ nurses came

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