If we could get those nurses in it would solve our problem overnightRachel Overfield, Nursing Director, Walsall Manor Hospital Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The trust has had unfilled vacancies for more than 100 registered nurses for more than a year, part of a 600 nurse shortfall across the Black Country, according to Ms Overfield.In May the NMC indicated it might introduce easier language tests, admitting it was embarking on a “stocktake” of standards following lobbying from senior managers and recruitment agencies.Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said: “We can’t afford to have nurses who don’t understand what you are saying.“We already have some nurses who don’t understand what you are saying and that is a concern.“We need to work hard to make sure they get to the right standard before they start work.”The NMC said the English language test for foreign nurses is on a par with equivalent assessments in Australia, Ireland and Canada. Under Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) rules, all foreign nurses must pass an International English Language Testing System exam, which comprises listening, reading, writing and speaking assessments.The hospital’s nursing director, Rachel Overfield, said she was “really confident” the 115 nurses who had failed the language test would be capable of working in the NHS.However, she conceded that these nurses had not yet passed a mandatory practical examination, also required by the NMC for staff coming from outside the European Economic Area.”We went overseas to the Philippines twice in the last year. We have offered posts to in excess of 100 nurses there,” she said. “Three have arrived.””The reason is we just can’t get them through the International English Language Test. And the reason for that is the UK sets the standard to pass that higher than anywhere else in the world.” Hospital bosses have called for the English language test for foreign nurses to be relaxed after just three of 118 Filipino applicants at one NHS trust passed.Managers at Walsall Manor Hospital in the West Midlands said their chronic staffing shortfall could be solved “overnight” if watchdogs slackened standards, however patient safety campaigners have demanded the existing pass mark remain in place.The complaint was made as it emerged executives from the trust made two trips to the Philippines last year in an attempt to recruit more staff.
A LIFE OR AN ANCHORby GAIL RIECKEN, EDITOR OF THE CCO STATEHOUSE NEWSDiscussion over the payday lending bill, Senate Bill 613 is continuing April 9 despite Financial Institutions Committee members hearing a lot of negatives about this consumer credit bill.Groups that have testified against the bill – the Institute for Working Families, veterans, churches, community groups, and consumers- all favor seeing it die.So, why is SB 613 still alive?I imagine one reason would be the Committee Chairman is convinced that he can find the “sweet spot” that would please both sides. Another reason could be that members have heard the same comments I heard when I was a member of this Committee. The comments were: “Gail, you have to understand there are issues people have getting credit, and when they need money, more likely an emergency, there isn’t any in reserve. If you can’t pay the light or water bill if the car breaks down and you can’t get to work or there is no money to pay book rental and you don’t qualify for help or the a/c breaks down in the summertime, what choice do you have”.This may not be familiar to you and me but to families who are living one paycheck to the next, families who are at risk, it is a common fear. People living at risk of losing everything should be a serious concern for us all. It isn’t just the right thing to be concerned, it is the smart thing.No one can feel secure about the future of our economy knowing that over 43% of people in Evansville (39% in Indiana overall) are living near or on the poverty line, people who can’t afford the basics – housing, food, high electric and water bills, health care, child care and transportation.We can’t ignore the consequences of such a large number of people at risk.Maybe it is time that the Governor calls for a commission to develop new strategies to address families at risk, similar to his call from the comprehensive report on the status of children in the Department of Child Services. And while the government is doing more that supports our economy and results in fewer families at risk and fewer payday borrowers, you and I can do something in a small way to help.The legislature passed the law a few years back to encourage and “train”, if you will, people to save money. Called a Prize-linked savings account, it is a fun way that a family can save for an emergency.Not just for a family, the account can be for a young person starting out – a newly graduated student saving money to move to her first real job or a young person aging out of foster care saving for the deposit on his first apartment. As examples: Attached below is a news release from FORUM Credit Union in Indianapolis explaining their Prize-linked savings program.(https://www.forumcu.com/News/2019/FORUM-Credit-Union-Announces-2018-Member-Giveback)Let’s encourage more credit unions and banks to establish their “Indiana Save to Win” program and encourage more people to sign up.According to recent figures, the Indiana Save to Win program (prize-linked savings) is definitely a success. As of the end of January, there are 20 credit unions in Indiana participating (6 of them in SW Indiana) and there have been more than 2,500 “Save to Win” accounts opened with $9.2 million saved so far. There have been almost 800 prize winners winning more than $85,000 in prize money.In Indiana, the law allows for debt reduction and financial literacy programs to be a part of any Save to Win product.Institute Senior Policy Analyst Erin Macy asked the question in her testimony before the Financial Institutions Committee last week. “ Is the best solution we can offer them [Hoosiers struggling with debts they have] is more and even higher-cost debt? That’s not a lifeline”, she added, “It’s an anchor.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
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