Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust works to fill vacant posts

Staff on the wards at Peterborough City Hospital. Photo: Rowland Hobson
Staff on the wards at Peterborough City Hospital. Photo: Rowland Hobson
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A shortage of nurses at Peterborough City Hospital has forced health bosses to look overseas to fill the vacancies.

The hospital is short of 140 qualified nurses and bosses say 50 of these will have to be recruited abroad.

Health chiefs plan to travel to Portugal and Italy to find the staff to start work in May and June this year.

It says these nurses are highly qualified, having completed a four-year degree, and will have to pass a thorough written and spoken language assessment before an offer is made.

Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust currently employs about 1,000 nurses and midwives.

The trust is cutting its use of agency staff and plans to recruit full-time staff instead but says there is a shortage of nurses nationally and in this area in particular.

The trust is also holding recruitment open days and has made job offers to 30 student nurses from Anglia Ruskin University, which has a training centre in Peterborough.

Some operations at Peterborough City Hospital were cancelled on Wednesday due to a shortage of beds.

People with “non-urgent” conditions were warned they would face long waits as patients were prioritised according to how ill they were.

The hospitals trust welcomed new partner governors this week. Lincolnshire county councillor Bob Adams (Con), who represents Colsterworth Rural, Rebecca Stephen of Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Trish Mason of the Friends of Peterborough Hospital have joined.

And members of the public have been invited to the trust’s next board of directors meeting at Peterborough City Hospital at 1.30pm on Tuesday. The meeting should end at 4.30pm.