A hospital trust in the United Kingdom is set to 64 new Filipino nurses despite new immigration rules affecting nearly 3,365 foreign nurses in the UK.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust will integrate the Filipino nurses into its system on March, April, and May 2016, a report on Chad said.
HR Deputy Director Kate Lorenti said they were "very impressed by the high quality of the caring nurses" they interviewed in Manila, and viewed the recruitment of the 64 Filipinos as "fantastic news."
Meanwhile, divisional nurse for emergency care and medicine Phil Bolton said they were delighted to bring the nurses to work in their hospitals as they demonstrated "the trust's core values."
“We continue to look for the very best, most caring and professional nurses to work in our hospitals to ensure we provide safe and quality care for our patients," Bolton said.
The hiring took place months after a new migration cap demanding non-European nurses to earn at least £35,000 after six years of employment was proposed by the UK's Home Office.
According to a Home Office spokesperson, they have given hospitals four years to adjust to the new settlement rules, enacted to reduce the country's demand for migrant labor.
The Philippines is estimated to have the highest number of foreign health workers in the UK at more than 20,000 nurses in 2015. —Rie Takumi/KBK, GMA News