The caller insisted the recruitment “crises” would reach new depths after the UK exits the European Union (EU) as potential nurses were put off by poor pay.
Speaking to Iain Dale on LBC, the businessman likened the scenario to his industry claiming if there was a “historic shortage” pay and support should rise to attract more staff.
He said: “I don’t understand why nurses have to pay back student loans, they’re losing all their bursaries when they study which I think is ridiculous given the amount of money it’s going to actually save.
“And yet the amount of money it will impact on individual nurses’ incomes will be enormous, to be honest with you.
A radio caller said nurses needed to be "paid enough" to do the job
We’ve had a historic shortage and it’s going to get only worse when we leave the European Union
“The other thing is, it’s about retention. I work in business and if we have a load of people leaving, we do something about it.
“We’d make sure we’d pay them more if that’s the reason why they’re leaving. At the end of the day you’ve got to pay enough to get people to do the job.
“We’ve had a historic shortage and it’s going to get only worse when we leave the European Union and yet the number of people applying to become nurses, as you may have read, has dropped.
“If we don’t do something about it, the crisis in the recruitment of nurses is going to get worse.”
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According to a new index, the EU27 countries fall into three groups: hard-core, hard and soft. These are the countries with the highest scores which indicate a fairly strong opposition to Britain’s position
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France has the highest score in the index at 32.5
Nurses are starting to vote on whether they want to take industrial action in protest at a continuing cap on their pay.
Around 270,000 members of the Royal College of Nursing are being asked for their views on how to respond to a further below-inflation rise.