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NHS: Foreign Workers

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 16 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) by what mechanisms adherence to the NHS Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Healthcare Workers is (a) monitored and (b) enforced; (322004)

(2) what assessment he has made of the effects on (a) the number of African health workers employed in the NHS and (b) the number of British private recruitment agencies recruiting health workers from Africa of the NHS Code of Practice on International Recruitment since 2001.

There is no centrally held information on the country of origin of health-workers, this is not captured in the national health service census.

The total number of British private recruitment agencies registered with the NHS Code of Practice on International Recruitment at January 2010 was 531. It is not known how many agencies have recruited specifically from Africa since 2001.

NHS Employers is responsible for promotion, advice and guidance on international recruitment.