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The 24 year old used to work at New Zealand’s busiest hospital casualty department and says: ’I know how to save lives. I was minutes from the tower block. I wanted to be there helping. But because I’m not a registered NHS nurse, there was nothing I could do.’

Georgia is one of many qualified nurses from Australia and New Zealand living in the UK who are desperate for an NHS post but find that strict entrance tests and red tape bar their way.

In our overstretched health service, 40,000 more nurses are urgently needed to fill vacant posts. Indeed, England’s largest hospital trust, Barts Health in London, has 1,732 unfilled jobs, while applications for university nurse training are down by 23 per cent this year after bursaries were scrapped.

In this picture are 11 nurses who came to Britain hoping to join the NHS, yet none has been able to do so

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Claire, a nurse trained in emergency and recovery who now works six days a week as a carer in London, said: ’I am flabbergasted that the NHS makes it so difficult for people from Australia buy-canadagoose and New Zealand to work in the nursing profession in which they are trained.

’The process of registering as a nurse in the NHS can take up to a year and cost more than 3,000.

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In this picture are 11 who came to Britain hoping to join the NHS, yet none has been able to do so.

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All nurses from overseas must pass this language test to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council before they can work at canada goose outlet paypal an NHS hospital. The test has four elements speaking, listening, reading and writing. Foreign nurses also have to do a computer based theory test and a practical clinical test.

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Calls for an easier English language test in particular have come after devastating revelations about the failure rates.

This week, one hospital trust revealed that canada goose outlet near me only three of 111 applicants for NHS jobs from the Philippines had passed the exam.

Directors at canada goose factory outlet Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands said the exam overseen by the Nursing and Midwifery Council is too tough.

But critics see a particular irony in the fact that the test, which asks candidates to understand complex medical and academic articles, is obstructing nurses who speak English as a first language.

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1. Courtney Brown

Working as an agency carer, Courtney, 29, lives in London.

’I started trying to be an NHS nurse in January 2016 so it has taken 19 months so far,’ says the critical care nurse from the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital in Australia.

’Everything has to be sent by post. There was a problem because two of my references were emailed by mistake. My visa runs out canada goose outlet official in May and if I don’t get the registration I’ll have to go home.’

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