Author: Laura Sanders

As the staffing crisis in the NHS continues to worsen, and health organisations routinely look abroad to plug gaps in their recruitment, Laura Sanders investigates the growing problems facing the sector, from a “hostile environment” towards immigrants to the growing concern in other countries about a medical ‘brain drain’ to the UK. Filipino nurse caring for an elderly patient | Photo by Matthias Zomer on Pexels.com With A&E waiting times at their worst in a decade, and the axing of NHS bursaries contributing to a drop in UK trainees replenishing the workforce, the NHS is facing a staffing crisis. One of…

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The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield was established by Henry VIII | Photo: Laura Sanders Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council is facing criticism after its latest accounts showed it failing to spend significant amounts of its budgeted funds for a third year running. Out of £1.9m budgeted for spending on local services in the year 2018/19, the council only spent £1.2m, leaving over a third of the precept — money collected from additional tax on residents — unspent. The figures come a year after Birmingham Eastside revealed that the council had failed to spend even half of the money it…

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