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NHS Uses Retired Nurses

9 Oct 2000

The NHS has asked nearly 20,000 nurses to come out of retirement and assist with the annual winter demand.

A spokesperson for the DOH said they had called for help from nurses aged 50-65 in July of this year, as part of a scheme to ensure the staffing troubles of last winter did not occur this year.

A BBC News report states that already a group of 50 Filipino nurses have arrived in Wales to avert a staff crisis.

Retired nurses can return to work and earn a returnee wage on top of their pension, while nurses over 50 can work part-time, and earn pension contributions as if they were on full time rates.

The DOH spokesperson said that the nurses will be ‘paid for out of the £63 million announced to help NHS trusts prepare for winter'.