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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:48 am 
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The lure of nursing 'Down Under'

British nurses are heading to Australia for better everything, they say.

They entered nursing with high hopes of working in a valued profession which made a difference to peoples' lives But the staff shortages and cash cutbacks have taken their toll on nurses such as Sarah Hector and Rob Carey who have joined the exodus of staff heading for Australia.

According to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) 3,200 nurses of the 8,000 registering to work abroad want to work Down Under.

Senior intensive care nurse Sarah, left her job in London worn down by the National Health Service's problems.

"I was sad to leave the people and my friends because the people here are brilliant but it's just the conditions, the lack of staff, the lack of finance that I'm not sad to be leaving," she told BBC One's Real Story.

"You just come away each day feeling demoralised. You've given your utmost best yet you still can't give the level of care that your are trained to do and would so love to give."

She added: "I think my grievance with the NHS is a national thing - I think it is shared all over the UK.

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