Filipino nurses abroad carry the burden as Manila turns off the tap

The Philippines wants to stem the departure of nurses as periodic waves of infections stretch the resources of its already overtaxed hospitals.
The Philippines wants to stem the departure of nurses as periodic waves of infections stretch the resources of its already overtaxed hospitals.PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - Even as Covid-19 infections fall with greater numbers being vaccinated, hospitals in the United States and Britain are still in need of more nurses, and they are increasingly turning to the Philippines for reinforcement.

But the Philippines has stopped processing applications of nurses seeking to work abroad, forcing hospitals overseas to make do with what they have.

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