The UK Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting has reported a 'huge increase' in the number of overseas nurses and midwives coming to the UK. Provisional figures for 1998-99 show a 38 per cent increase in the number of people from abroad applying for registration, from 5,946 to 8,232. Applicants from abroad now represent 28 per cent of all new entrants to the register. The biggest increase in applications came from the Philippines, where applications rose from 313 to 972. The largest number of overseas applications came from Australia, which supplied 1,335 nurses and midwives.