When are people going to learn that the reason why the NHS employs so many foreigners is because the NHS treats so many foreigners.
The NHS is in fact the IHS - The International Health Service, open to all comers from around the planet and paid for out of our taxes.
But never mind eh.
All you thick as pig shit sheeple 'La-baah-our' voters and Tory voters keep voting in the politicians that keep bringing them in and who keep using your taxes to pay for it - so you get just what you deserve, you morons.
NHS Trust forced to hold English lessons for foreign nurses
By Sophie Borland
Last updated at 2:49 PM on 05th April 2010
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Hospitals are being forced to send foreign staff to English lessons because they can't understand basic phrases such as 'nil by mouth'.
Nurses, cleaners and porters recruited from overseas are being dispatched on 10-week courses funded by the Government to help them improve their language skills.
Although many have a very good grasp of textbook English, they struggle with common abbreviations used on the ward such as 'bleeping a doctor' or 'doing the rounds'.
Communication gap: The John Radcliffe hospital, one of the centres forced to give English lessons to foreign nurses
Hospital staff admit there have been 'near-disaster' cases when a porter has mistakenly delivered a meal to a patient having not understood the 'nil by mouth' sign on the bed stating he cannot eat or drink.
Although all doctors recruited from outside the EU must pass a special English language test set by the General Medical Council before they can practice, the same rules do not apply for other hospital workers.
Instead staff including nurses, cleaners and porters are usually assessed on their grasp of English at their interview.
Overseas workers at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, Oxford are being encouraged to attend 10-week English for Speakers at Other Languages courses run at the nearby Oxford and Cherwell Valley College.
More than 70 different nationalities are employed at the trust, largely from the Philippines, Poland, Burma and the Caribbean.
But other hospitals have similar schemes, all funded by the Department of Health.
There have been increasing concerns over the language skills of foreign doctors ever since the death of 70-year-old David Gray in 2008, killed by a German GP whose English was so appalling he had been rejected by other health authorities.
Dr Daniel Ubani, 67, who was covering an out-of-hours-practice in Cambridge, had never faced an English test due to an EU loophole which allows doctors from member states to work in Britain without having their language skills or qualifications checked.
Staff at the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals said that English lessons for overseas workers should be compulsory - rather than on a voluntary basis as is currently the case.
Jacquie Pearce-Gervis, of the Oxford Radcliffe Patients' Forum, said: "Patients and relatives have been calling for this for a long time.
'The language barrier can be a real issue. The most common problem is "nil by mouth".
'There have been cases when porters have delivered a patient food despite the fact there is a clear sign on their bed saying "nil by mouth".
'Obviously this could have led to disaster but fortunately the patient has been intelligent enough to point out that they are not allowed the food.
'I think it should be compulsory. There can often be problems with common slang terms used on the ward.'
Another member of staff, who did not wish to be named, said: 'It's a real problem here and the language lessons can only be a good thing. We have so many foreign employees here and it's very worrying if they don't speak English.'
Rainy Faisey, deputy director of Human Resources at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals, said the courses were a way of giving staff in lower-paid jobs a chance to develop their skills and further their careers as part of the NHS ‘Widening Participation’ initiative.
'As an employer, Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust offers a wide variety of training and development opportunities to its staff to help them to provide excellent care for our patients and further their career in the NHS.
'Like all good employers we provide all our staff with the opportunity to develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills, whether their first language is English or not.
'These courses are centrally funded by the European Social Fund and Skills for Life in the Workplace.
'Our overseas staff are an integral, important and valued part of our workforce.'
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