Monday, May 02, 2005
The issue of nurse migration, has caught the attention of regional officials, with St. Lucia's Minister for Health Damian Greaves admitting it has become one of the urgent areas impeding quality health delivery in his country.
According to Greaves, several studies have been undertaken to pinpoint the shortfalls in the system and what can be done to address them.
A former Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) specialist, Samuel Aymer, is of the view the drain of nurses from St. Lucia and the rest of the Caribbean will continue. He cited such problems as low pay, lack of opportunities and poor working conditions, as the reasons for the mass exodus.