HOSPITAL chiefs have hired nurses from India in a bid to end a staffing crisis that puts patients at risk of harm.
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has employed 89 nurses from India who are due to start this month.
It follows a recruitment drive in India in February and comes after the trust previously took on nurses from Spain.
The trust, which runs Dewsbury District Hospital, has more than 220 nursing and midwifery vacancies.
Figures were presented at Mid Yorkshire’s last board meeting at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield on April 2.
New starters would be helped to find accommodation and register with professonal bodies.
Inadequate staffing levels means patients are staying in hospital long than expected due to incidents such as falls and pressure ulcers.
Extra training is being put in place to reduce the risk of patients suffering harm.
A spokesman said Mid Yorkshire has invested £1.2m on nurse staffing over the last year. He added: “We’ve recruited 274 more nurses and midwives to the trust to provide care and support for our patients.”
The trust had to look abroad due to a lack of trained nurses, which is affecting trusts nationally.
Of extra training, the spokesman said: “With all these initiatives, we regularly review our processes, learn lessons and make improvements.”