The government said on Monday it would cut back on hiring junior nurses from abroad as there was no longer a shortage --- a move branded by nurses leaders as "short-termism in the extreme."
"Large-scale international nurse recruitment across the NHS was only ever intended to be a short-term measure," said Health Minister Lord Warner.
"We now have more than 379,000 qualified nurses working in the NHS, 82,000 more than in 1997 as well as record levels of nurses in training."
[Reuters, 03 July 2006]
This is bad news for a country which is one of the world's top importer of nurses. But I bet this will only be a setback for them. The exodus will continue. There will be other countries to go to.