The UK’s NHS has been facing staffing problems for some time and has now decided that they will reconsider the English language requirements for foreign nurses. This is so that more of them will be able to enter the UK’s healthcare system and provide the necessary manpower.
Nurses from many countries are often flown into the UK to work, such as from India, Australia and Europe. However, since 2007, language tests have been made mandatory for all foreign nurses wishing to work in the UK.
However, critics have claimed that the language tests have impossible standards and were extremely difficult to pass. This even caused nurses whose native language was English to fail the test and be unable to come in. These included nurses from New Zealand and Australia who failed the test even though they’ve been speaking the language all their lives.