Under plans being considered by ministers, thousands of nursing jobs that would have gone to agency staff will now go to the British people.
“Officials in the Department of Health are drawing up a new workforce plan to create thousands of posts for home-grown nurses amid concerns that fewer medical professionals will come to the UK after Brexit,” the Telegraph reported.
Agency staff is expensive, with some hospitals paying locum nurses £2,000 for a single shift. Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt wants to slash these costs.
“Thousands more British nurses means thousands more jobs for British workers, but it should also mean a better, safer NHS,” Westmonster said. “Another example of Brexit putting the British people first.”