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UK lawmaker laments RP nurses’ woes, vows to help ‘angels’

MANILA, Philippines – After passing the licensure exams, over 36,000 new nurses are now facing another hurdle – getting employment that is also sought by 160,000 of their peers, an official of the Philippine Nurses Association admitted Thursday.

Executive Director Maristela Abenojar made this disclosure in a forum also attended by David Amess, a Parliamentarian from the United Kingdom and a volunteer of the VSO Bahaginan, an organization that seeks to address poverty through various volunteering development programs.

VSO Bahaginan and PNA are working together to seek the help of UK Parliamentarians via their Parliamentarian Volunteering Scheme which enables volunteer members to spend two to three weeks to aid communities in their advocacy.

Amess admitted that the UK would reduce its hiring of foreign nurses due to the worsening economic conditions in his country but added that there would still be work for those specializing in taking care of the elderly and in treating diseases like diabetes.

Amess agreed with Abenojar that such a situation was unfortunate because he believed that “Filipino nurses are the finest in the world.”

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