FAIR CHANCE 07 May 2012: Health Ministry urges private hospitals to employ experienced locally-trained nurses
THE Health Ministry has called on private hospitals to recruit experienced locally-trained nurses rather than hire foreign ones to reach the targeted nurse-patient ratio by 2015.
Deputy Health Minister Datuk Rosnah Rashid Shirlin said the current nurse-patient ratio was 1:347 and the target was to achieve 1:200 by 2015, as set by the World Health Organisation.
"We are doing our best to ensure that. I'm confident we can achieve that. Private hospitals should also take part in this initiative by recruiting local nursing graduates."
Rosnah said private hospitals had hired 8,052 foreign nurses.
"We should give fresh graduates a chance. Why can't private hospitals take them in?"
She said the ministry trained 5,000 nurses annually.
"We (the ministry) are doing our part very well. We are not against foreign nurses. We have 916 nurses working overseas.
"I'm just saying the locals should have a fair chance to be employed locally," said Rosnah after launching the health campaign organised by the Malaysian Nurses Association here yesterday.