DOLE: More opportunities for Filipino doctors and nurses in UK

More Filipino health care workers can now take the advantage of the expanding labor market opportunities in United Kingdon (UK).

Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III said the UK government has lifted its standard in offering visas to nurses and doctors under its migration policy Tier 2, making ready for the entry of more Filipino professional health care workers to UK.

Prior to the entry of nurse-applicants to UK, they are required to achieve an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0, and pass a two-part competency examination made out of Computer-Based Test (CBT), which is available in different nations, including the Philippines.

Likewise, applicants must take the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), which is done in England.

Based on the report from the Philippine Overseas Labor Office in London, nursing professionals keep on dominating the deployment profile of Filipinos heading off to the UK, with 1,446 or 94.9 percent out of the 1,524 OFWs deployed for the year 2017.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) is in the process of discussing the methods of sending of Filipino health care professionals, based on the proposed draft bilateral agreement given by the Health Education England (HEE).

As of December 2017, there are 75,787 Filipino workers in the UK generally professionals and highly-skilled from the healthcare and engineering industries.

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