Philippines is main nursing sourceOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article The number of overseas nurses and midwives registering to work in the UK hasrisen enormously, according to nursing council UKCC. Final figures for 2000-2001 show that more than 8,400 nurses and midwivestrained in non-EU countries registered to work in Britain, up 41 per cent onthe previous 12 months. The largest number – 3,396 – came from the Philippines, compared with 1,052for the previous year, making the country the largest overseas contributor ofnurses for the first time. South Africa and Australia were the second and third highest, each sendingabout 1,000. Thirteen countries provided more than 30 nurses and midwives for the firsttime. Verity Lewis, employment relations adviser at the Royal College of Nursing,said overseas nurses should be treated in the same way as those from the UK. “While many employers inside and outside the independent health caresector are developing good practice in terms of helping nurses to adapt to lifein the UK, we must also be aware that some are engaging in explicit and illegalemployment practices,” she said. Tracy Myhill, president-elect for the Association of Healthcare HumanResources Management, warned that overseas recruitment should not be seen as along-term solution. “We have to get our workforce planning better to be able to supply ourown nurses,” she said.