3 December 2003
Overseas nurses meet in Glasgow
Glasgow's overseas nurses are being invited to attend a meeting
organised by Scotland's largest public sector union, UNISON at Unison
House 14 West Campbell Street in Glasgow at 7 30pm.
A record number of overseas nurses have been arriving in the UK
since 2001 and there are currently over 3721 nurses working in the
UK who trained outside the EU and who are now working in Britain.
The new recruits mainly come from the Philippines, South Africa,
India, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand and with a Government
commitment to increase the number of nurses to 85,000, many more
are likely to be recruited in the next year.
UNISON's Scottish Overseas Nurses Network was started in December
last year to allow nurses working in the Glasgow area to get-together
to discuss issues which directly affect them such as work permits
and recruitment. It also allows them the opportunity to meet up
and network with one another. Since its inception, the Network has
supported nurses who have been sacked or been treated unfairly and
secured them some of them jobs in the NHS.
UNISONScotland is also hoping to participate in the Public Services
International Campaign: Women and International Migration in the
Health Sector which is currently examining world-wide trends of
nurses and other health service workers moving away from their own
countries to fill gaps in staffing in the host countries.
Bridget Hunter, UNISONScotland's Lead Nursing Officer said: "UNISONScotland
is proud of the Overseas Nurses Network which provides a much needed
service to those who for various reasons are unable to take action
on their own behalf. The treatment some overseas Nurses are subjected
to is appalling and must be tackled so that nurses who come here
from overseas can be assured that they will be treated properly."
The speakers at the meeting include Joe Nicols, a professional
advisor on the Standards and Registration Directorate Nursing and
Midwifery Council, Chris Oswald, Commission for Race Equality, Peter
Hunter, legal officer, UNISON Scotland and Ima Jackson, the project
co-ordinator for Glasgow Overseas Professionals into Practice. Everyone
is welcome and food and drink will be provided.
For Further Information Please Contact: Bridget Hunter (Lead
Officer for Nursing) 0845 355 0845 (w) 07986 960040 (m) Chris Bartter
(Communications Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)