Health Minister clears the air on Filipino nurses

By Loshaun Dixon/thestkittsnevisobserver.com Minister of Health Eugene Hamilton has cleared the air on the subject of Filipino nurses hired by his ministry to work at the hospital and rejects rumours that they are being paid larger salaries than local nurses. In an interview with The Observer, Hamilton confirmed that they Read more »

DOH: No mass retrenchment of health workers in 2017

By Jee Y. Geronimo/rappler.com – The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday, November 18, addressed lawmakers’ concerns regarding the feared “mass retrenchment” of health workers, especially nurses, in 2017. The health department said while its deployment program for doctors, nurses, midwives, dentists, and medical technologists is “generally successful,” it is Read more »

Why are private Egyptian hospitals recruiting nursing staff from overseas?

By David Wood/madamasr.com – Mechell, a Filipina nurse, strides into an upmarket restaurant in Sheikh Zayed City, Greater Cairo. She casually makes a request of a waiter in Egyptian Arabic, and then transitions immediately into speaking impeccable English. She appears totally at ease in her foreign surroundings. Mechell has travelled Read more »

28 Filipino nurses post 100% passing rate in U.K. exam

via InterAksyon.com – Twenty-eight Filipino nurses successfully hurdled the exacting Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) conducted by the Northampton University Hospital in the United Kingdom with a 100% passing rate. This was disclosed by the Philippine Embassy in London led by Philippine Ambassador to the United Kingdom Evan P. Read more »

Filipino nurse conquers 247-km Spartathlon

By Cedelf P. Tupas/Philippine Daily Inquirer – Filipino Rolando “Junjun” Espina Jr. ran through flatlands and hills almost non-stop for a little over 33 hours, covering a distance of close to 247 kilometers. The reward: a piece of history and having the Philippine flag raised beside the statue of the Read more »

DOH to monitor grumpy doctors, nurses at govt hospitals

via filipinotimes.ae – Philippine government hospital personnel have been advised to improve their bedside manner or face action. The country’s Department of Health (DOH) is considering sending out undercover patients to public hospitals to see how they are treated by government doctors and nurses, Inquirer quoted Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial Read more »

Testing of foreign nurses gets easier: Nursing and Midwifery Council relaxes rules after just eight out of 220 applicants passed the English language exam

via dailymail.co.uk – A hospital trust has introduced new exam rules for foreign nurses after fewer than one in 20 passed the test. The English exams are a safeguard to ensure patients are protected from staff who may not fully understand what they are saying or communicate properly. In June Read more »

Japan may ease hiring rules for PH caregivers

By Estrella Torres/inquirer.net – The Japanese government is looking into the possibility of relaxing its restrictive hiring rules for Filipino health care workers who would attend to its greying population. Masato Ohtaka, deputy press secretary of the Japanese Foreign Ministry, confirmed that since his government opened the hiring of Filipino Read more »

Nurses’ pay hike bill re-filed

By Hannah Torregoza/mb.com.ph – Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan yesterday pushed anew for the passage of a bill that seeks to raise the salary of entry-level nurses. Pangilinan said it is one way to stop some 22,000 health professionals from leaving the country every year. Pangilinan is referring to Senate Bill Read more »

Job fair for returning JPEPA nurses, caregivers

via rappler.com – The Embassy of Japan plans to hold a job fair for returning Filipino nurses and caregivers on Friday, August 26 in Makati or BGC area (venue to be confirmed). Japan has been accepting Filipino nurses and caregivers based on the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement (JPEPA). Since then, Read more »

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