Nepali nurses do not have to pay a single rupee when they go to the UK for employment. The Government of Nepal is preparing to send nurses on a ‘visa free ticket’ with the UK Government.
There will be no involvement of private sector in this. This is the first time that Nepalis are being sent for foreign employment at zero cost through the government (JTG) mechanism.
As the British government is preparing to take one lakh foreign nurses, it is not certain how many will be taken from Nepal. But at least 10,000 nurses could be sent, according to the Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security.
If the government simplifies the recruitment process, government officials are confident that a large number of unemployed nurses in Nepal will have the opportunity.
According to the Nepal Nursing Council, there are 67,022 nurses registered in Nepal till September 6. Similarly, there are 23 midwives and 35,364 unmarried women. The number of foreign nurses is more than 25,000. This number is only for formally foreign nurses. The council said there were no reliable figures on the number of foreigners, both individually and in connection with the study.
According to him, meeting the criteria of the World Health Organization (WHO) is the only way to meet the shortage of nurses in Nepal. But there are more than 30,000 unemployed nurses in Nepal due to lack of nurses as per the criteria. According to the WHO, for every 10,000 population, a total of 23,000 doctors, nurses and midwives are
In Nepal, it is difficult to reach 14 nurses and midwives out of a population of 10,000.
According to WHO standards, a nurse should see four to six patients in a general ward. Two nurses are needed in one bed in the maternity ward. In wards like CCU, ICU, there should be one nurse for every patient.
There is a WHO standard of having one nurse per bed in the operating theater. The Government of Nepal has also signed such criteria of WHO. But this has not been followed. Even so, those who have studied nursing at the cost of millions find it difficult to get even 10,000 jobs a month.
Registrar Ghimire says that the government should stop the flight of skilled manpower as much as possible considering the needs of the country. He said that they should look for foreign employment as an alternative only when there are no opportunities in the country.
“The government needs to create an environment where nurses produced in Nepal can survive in Nepal. If the current situation continues, the number of nurses migrating abroad will increase and there will be a shortage in Nepal, ‘she said.
She also pointed out the need for the government to increase the capacity of nurses.
The ministry said the UK government was also interested in building the capacity of nurses. Officials said the UK was considering providing technical assistance.
In the first phase, up to 300 nurses will be taken
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. But in the first phase, it is estimated to take up to three hundred. If the first phase of the recruitment process is transparent, the UK is expected to increase demand gradually.
The ministry said it was important to exercise restraint from the outset, as the UK’s opportunities would continue only if the recruitment process was transparent and smooth. They will prepare accordingly. Thaneshwar Bhusal informed. According to him, the UK has not yet decided on the number of nurses to be recruited.
These issues will be resolved through bilateral discussions. Bhusal explains. “We have a labor agreement. It covers all the rights of the workers, ‘he told.
For this, a high level committee of the Government of Nepal has been formed. A committee comprising senior officials from the Ministry of Labor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Law, Medical Education Commission, Department of Foreign Employment and other bodies has been formed, the ministry said.
After discussions and agreement between this committee and the committee of the British government, the process of labor agreement will move forward. After the agreement process, the process of recruitment of Nepali workers will move forward.
Must bring minimum 7 score in IELTS
The UK government has demanded that nurses who want to go to the UK bring at least seven scores to the IELTS. The government of Nepal, on the other hand, is lobbying for a pass with a minimum score of 6.5. Bhusal said.
Language tests are also free
Those going to the UK do not have to pay any fees for the recruitment process. Those who go to the UK do not even have to pay the language test fee, said Bhusal.
“Those who go to the UK do not have to pay a single rupee for the service,” he said.
There is no official word on what services Nepali nurses receive in the UK. But the government is confident of getting attractive salaries and services. According to the ministry, it has received information that the monthly income is more than five lakh rupees through informal talks.
Nursing Association says: Let’s not sell the manpower required by the country in the lure of remittances
Ramesh Limbu, senior vice-president of the Nepal Nursing Association, says that nurses should be sent abroad only when the needs of the country are met.
“We have a small number of nurses serving in proportion to the number of patients,” he said. We need to develop their skills. ‘
He said nurses working in the country were also affected. He pointed out that it is unfortunate to sell the manpower required by the country in the lure of remittances in order to attract nurses for service delivery in the country by providing attractive services in their own country.
The government has institutionally opened 110 countries for foreign employment. The government plans to focus on skilled labor to make foreign employment safe, dignified and systematic. The ministry says that the plan has been put forward to create an environment where people can go voluntarily without any compulsion by giving priority to internal employment.
A significant number of Nepalis have been going to Gulf countries and Malaysia on fixed time labor contracts. Looking at the sex ratio of Nepalis who have gone for foreign employment, the majority is male. The active labor force in the age group of 18 to 35 years has also gone abroad.
The Nepal Labor Immigration Report 2020 shows that more than 80 percent of the total number of workers going for foreign employment in 2017-18 and 2018-19 is in the age group of 18 to 35 years.
The number of unskilled workers abroad is very high. According to the report, in 2017-18, 64 percent skilled workers and in 2018-19, unskilled workers have gone for foreign employment.