HC Deb 17 September 2003 vol 410 cc851-2W
Dr. Stoate

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what efforts his Department is making to enforce the ban on the recruitment of nurses from developing countries. [129116]

Mr. Hutton

The code of practice for national health service employers involved in the international recruitment of health care professionals was published in October 2001.

The code states that developing countries should not be targeted for recruitment, nor should NHS employers contract with agencies, which do not comply with the code. Workforce development confederations are working closely with NHS employers in their area to ensure their compliance.

The Department has established a list of recruitment agencies that are operating in line with the code. The list appears on the Department website www.doh.gov.uk/international-recruitment.