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Seven Staff Sent To Recruit Four By Hospital
7:02am 6th November 2014
(Updated 7:02am 6th November 2014)
Cornwall's biggest hospital has sent seven people to Ireland, to hire just four.
Cash-strapped Treliske spent almost two thousand pounds on the four day trip to find new nurses.
The spending is being criticised by campaigners - but defended by officials who insist the recruitment drive was "successful."
Graham Webster from Health Initiative Cornwall said: "The amount of money that has been spent and the number of people involved probably doesn't represent value for money.
"But, at the same time, if the trust starts appointing agencies to head hunt these staff, the sort of fees they charge are around £2,000+ for each individual member of staff.
"I would question whether that amount of money is justified in employeeing a third party agency. So this is probably something they're trying to see what sort of result they get.
"It's very experimental - and was always going to go one way or another."
Pirate FM asked for the details of the trip through a freedom of information request. The trust said it had spent £1,965.01 but warned "we can not guarantee that the figure quoted above is the final total. The sum given is for costs paid by the Trust to date; there may be other costs still to be paid which have not yet been received, or are not yet reflecting on our accounting systems."
Stuart Roden from union UNISON in the Duchy said: "Yes, it looks like money that is not very sensibly spent but, on the other hand, if they're going to maintain standards on the wards, they have to go out and recruit nurses.
"That's one of the inevitable consequences of not training enough in this country."
Nick Macklin, from the Royal Cornwall said: “RCHT has been very successful at recruiting new nurses and we are delighted with our connections to local educational institutions who have helped us recruit over 100 new nurses in the past 18 months.
“We also always look to bring in talent and experience from other parts of the country and indeed on occasion outside of the United Kingdom as long as staff can meet expected standards. The recent trips to Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were to interview and assess a wide range of candidates and 10 offers of employment were made.
“The local community would expect us to invest in national and international recruitment activities to attract the very best staff to our hospitals in Cornwall.”
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