90% of nurses set for UK hospitals fail the English language test

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A recruitment program set to provide jobs to 200 Filipino nurses in the United Kingdom came to an unexpected delay after 90% of the nurses failed the English language test.

In the first batch of applicants, 12 percent or only seven out of the 59 nurses passed the English language test. The nurses were recruited to work for Medway Maritime Hospital in Gillingham  in the United Kingdom. The managers decided to hold a recruitment drive in Manila after the hospital had vacancies for 394 nurses last August, according to The Times.

Nurses coming from non-European Union countries such as the Philippines are required to take an English language exam set by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. The exam includes oral, writing, reading and listening in the English language. The exam only needs an 80% score to pass the exam and be qualified for employment, as per an article by GMA.

Medway Maritime Hospital offered the nurse an attractive employment package that includes £3,000 recruitment and retention bonus paid over 26 months, flexible working hours, and a relocation loan, as per a story by Kent Online.