Concern over recruitment of Portuguese nurses in Europe

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-11-2020 18:00:00 · 5 Comments

The Order of Nurses (OE) has expressed concern about the recruitment of Portuguese nurses in Europe, revealing that in the last two weeks needs have intensified from countries such as Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.

According to the OE, these countries are offering "free annual contracts, transport and accommodation", stressing that the proposals "are now with more advantageous conditions from hospitals, but also from nursing homes".

"From Spain alone there have been five contacts in recent days, from Galicia to the Canary Islands, with offers of €30,000 per year. The Netherlands, on the other hand, is offering, in addition to the best conditions of remuneration, home, transport and travel".

The Order recalls that "although the recognition of nurses is unanimous, there is no incentive, risk or painful subsidies, nor decent pay". In 2019 alone more than 4,000 nurses asked the Order for the declaration for emigration purposes, a record number that tripled compared to 2017 and represents an increase of 64% compared to 2018.

In a statement, the OE stresses that "there are almost 20,000 nurses abroad" and that "the Government should be concerned with creating means for them to return."

"Given the situation we are going through, after eight months into the pandemic with exhausted nurses it is imperative that the way nurses are hired, as well as their working conditions must be improved," he says. "We can't continue to export nurses," says OE Bâtonnier Ana Rita Cavaco, quoted in the statement.

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Perhaps government should consider paying their nurses what they deserve, and also give nurses coming from other countries an opportunity to work here

By Dalene Holder from Madeira on 10-11-2020 05:04

Maybe if they didn't make it so difficult for nurses to come from Brazil, etc, they would have more nurses here. I was trained in Brazil but they don't accept my credentials here and there is no path to upgrade other than to start from the beginning in University again. Not just Brazil, but there are many nurses from UK and elsewhere who can't work here because they make it near impossible to get licensed.

By Jenoa Soares from Porto on 10-11-2020 03:29

If Portugal paid nurses a wage they deserve they would not have to leave Portugal to earn a decent living.

By Mark from Other on 09-11-2020 11:46

Young people should be able to travel and sell their skills to live abroad however countries that recruit professions specifically to address their own shortfall should first consider making the pay and conditions more attractive to their own citizens.? Retired psychiatric nurse.

By Linda gage from UK on 09-11-2020 08:43

This is the price you pay for being in the EU. Germany these days doesn't train enough doctors and other medical personnel anymore. They are recruiting this resource from other countries that themselves have a lack of this type of personnel. PLEASE don't think that the EU is made to make the poor richer.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 09-11-2020 08:37
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