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Overseas Nurses

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will make it a requirement for all private nurse recruitment agencies, who supply staff to the NHS, to sign up to his Department's code of practice governing the recruitment of overseas nurses. [129117]

Workforce development confederations are working with trusts to ensure they comply with the code of practice and only work with agencies who are compliant.We strongly recommend trusts to incorporate the code of practice in contracts with agencies.A list of agencies compliant with the code of practice is available at