Health workers are one of the pillars of the health system. We at IAPH believe that health workers are central pillars of quality care. Like any other skilled worker (engineers, doctors, scientists) nurses should also have the right to migrate.
The WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel categorises the countries based on shortages of nurses and doctors and develops guidelines for their migration. The majority of global south states are reported to have severe shortages of nurses and doctors henceforth they announce the list of countries where health workers are not supposed to be recruited to economically developed countries with nurse shortages.
In India, since 2002, there has been the unregulated exponential growth of private nursing institutions in India 2002. To date, there are more than 4000 nursing institutions that produce around 200,000 nurses per year.
We analysed that:
1. States are not recruiting nurses on a regular decent agreement and
2. Private hospitals are not ready to accept the basic payment structure posed by the Supreme Court committee.
3. There is a high unemployment rate among nurses in India.
Nurse shortages in healthcare institutions (both public and private) are due to a lack of adequate health finance, regular recruitment and regulation lacunae.
Since 2020, India is not in the severe nurse shortage list of countries proposed by the WHO Code of Practice on the International Recruitment of Health Personnel. The state of Kerala and Germany did a bilateral agreement to allow nurses from Kerala to migrate to Germany under the triple win project. In the recent past, nurses migrating not only to English-speaking countries but also to non-English-speaking countries from European Union like Germany, Italy and Poland.
In India, nursing education medium of teaching is in English and most of them can write, read and speak English. Within English-speaking countries, Indian nurses could able to communicate and understand the local populations and at least try to learn the culture and could search for their rights as a worker in those respective countries. In non-English-speaking countries, Indian nurses face not only cultural shock but also a language barrier to communicate local population and end up in some level of social isolation leading to mild to severe psychological and behavioural disturbance.
This webinar aims to:
1. Brief the health system in Italy
2. Nurse’s migration process
3. Nurse Rights as Workers in Italy
4. Official sources of correct information
Date and time: 30 April 2023,
3:30 PM To 5:30 PM (IST) 12:00 PM To 2:00 PM (CET)