MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines has elevated the variety of nurses and healthcare employees allowed to go abroad to six,500 yearly, a senior official mentioned on Friday, amid excessive demand for its well being professionals.
The Philippines, one of many world’s greatest sources of nurses, reached its annual cap of 5,000 well being employee deployments late final month.
These with contracts as of Might 31 can take up abroad employment, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque mentioned in an announcement. Which means one other 1,500 nurses and healthcare workers can work overseas, based on the labour ministry.
The labour minister on Wednesday mentioned he would search approval to permit 5,000 extra healthcare employees to be deployed overseas, however a nurses’ group mentioned there have been many greater than that hoping to search out jobs with higher pay overseas.
Well being employees beneath government-to-government labour offers, resembling that with the UK, are exempted from the brand new cap.
Roughly 17,000 Filipino nurses signed abroad work contracts in 2019, however the Philippines put a short lived halt on that in 2020, to shore-up its well being sector as coronavirus hospitalisations rose sharply.
Jocelyn Andamo, secretary common of the Filipino Nurses United, mentioned the extra 1,500 was irritating.
“It is extremely unrealistic in contrast with the large want for nurses,” she mentioned.
Reporting by Neil Jerome Morales; Enhancing by Martin Petty