Nurses flock to UK

Nurses convening at Ministry of Health FILE PIC
Nurses convening at Ministry of Health FILE PIC

The Botswana Nurses Union (BONU) has struck a deal that will see Batswana nurses flock to the United Kingdom’s National Health Services (NHS). The trailblazing union, which has been scoring multiple court victories for members, has partnered with NEU Professionals Limited to facilitate the employment of Batswana nurses.

NEU Professionals Limited, an international healthcare recruitment agency headquartered in London, was formed in 2013 with the specific aim to help support NHS Trusts and Health Boards with the recruitment of nurses from overseas. According to BONU secretary for International Affairs Pinkie Mpinba-Joseph, their partnership with NEU will see Batswana have it easier to work abroad. “The UK has a prerequisite for one to take and pass an English test for them to work there. Our nurses have been struggling as some do not have money while others have money but do fail. The partnership will see NEU pay for the nurses’ English tests as well as train them to be ready to take up their jobs,” she said.

Mpinba-Joseph said for a long time they have been trying to get Batswana nurses to be exempted from writing the English test. She said they argued that just like South Africans are exempted from writing the test, it should be the case with Batswana as they are also educated in the English-medium. “We tried so many times in the past to facilitate this but we failed.

Editor's Comment
A step in the right direction

That is indeed a welcome development, especially looking at the fact that the manual way of doing things is slowly disappearing and competency in the use of computers and other digital gadgets has become a must.The simple way of looking at it is just an example that almost all companies have gone completely digital and school leavers will be better placed after leaving school, because they will already be familiar with the use of computers.The...

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