The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) today said that contrary to earlier news reports, the United Kingdom (UK), a major host country of overseas Filipino workers, has not imposed a ban on Filipino nurses notwithstanding the issuance of a new hiring policy that takes effect on August 14, 2006.
A report to Labor and Employment Secretary Arturo D. Brion by the London Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) clarified that under the new policy, UK employers intending to recruit nurses from abroad are first required to advertise in the UK their job vacancies particularly for "General Nurses," based on the UK's recent removal of the said category from its Shortage Occupation List.
"The UK employers, [including] both the National Health Service (NHS) or independent health providers, would have to satisfy first this resident labor market test before they can recruit nurses from abroad," Labor Attache Jainal T. Rasul said in the report.
Brion noted that a ban against Filipino nurses in the UK is non-existent first and foremost as the Filipino nurses performing a vital role in its health care system have helped, directly or indirectly, in the removal of the General Nurses from that country's current Shortage Occupation List.
The Labor Chief also noted the earlier pronouncement of the UK Health Minister, Lord Warner, that the change will make no difference to [foreign] nurses currently working in the
"Thus there is no truth to reports that Filipinos have been displaced in the
Despite the removal of the General Nurses from the shortage list, the
The Specialst category includes those nurses specialized in Audiology, Sleep/Respiratory Physiology, Neurophysiology, Cardiac Physiology, Operating Theater Nursing, Clinical Radiology, Pathology, and Critical Care.
Rasul quoted the projection of the
Rasul further said that aside from Specialist Nurses, there are other skills categories that remain in the
He said that currently, there are already some 40,000 Filipino nurses working in the
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