Under new rules issued by the nursing watchdog, overseas health staff will be allowed to take a less academic exam which is simpler to pass.
The move, which will come into force next month, applies to nurses from both within the EU and from the rest of the world.
Jackie Smith, its chief executive, said: ‘Nurses and midwives trained outside the UK make up around 15 per cent of our register.
A spokesman for the NMC insisted the tests were not being made easier nor watered down in any way.
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