WORKFORCE: Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals Trust has used agencies to recruit 24 midwives from Italy and 13 from Ireland.

Fifty-seven of the 103 full-time equivalent band 6 posts recruited for have now started, after Medacs International was contracted via NHS London to provide EU midwives to the trust.

A board report said another temporary gap was filled using HCL International Ltd and Kate Cowig International Recruitment to recruit on the continent.

The campaign was part of a larger drive that included local paper adverts, radio adverts and a “One Stop Shop Open Day”.