Monday, July 18, 2005
St Lucian officials are taking urgent steps to deal with the migration crisis the islands nursing industry is facing. More developed nations are poaching on the local nurses with offers of better salaries and working conditions.
Minister with responsibility for Health Damian Greaves, openly admitted to Parliament, nurse migration has become one of the urgent areas impeding quality health delivery. As a result, officials are now looking at the possibility of doubling the number of nurses being trained, hoping this will solve the problem.
There are also plans to offer several special incentives for professionals, to prevent them from giving in to the attractive offers dangled before their eyes by rich countries such as Canada, the USA and others.