30 August 2004

--- Delayed Reactions of a Hypothyroid Patient

Fely Marilyn Lorenzo, head of the University of the Philippines Manila Institute of Health Policy and Development Studies (UPM-IHPDS), announced that the
"departments of Labor and Employment and Foreign Affairs (DOLE and DFA), and the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA), are working on a 'nurse returning program' that could be implemented in 3 years."
[Government Hopes To Lure Expat Nurses Back --- INQ7.net]
The said technical group will seek to answer what particular countries the nurses are going to, and how good their working/living conditions are compared to the Philippine setting. As soon as the study winds up, Lorenzo said:
"We will have jobs for them, maybe as clinical specialists. That is part of the career path. Of course, we cannot match their salaries abroad but (the pay may be) higher (here) than the regular salary if they have acquired skills."
Jobs for nurses as clinical specialists with higher pay than the regular salary?

That may not be enough to lure them back or to make new nurses choose the homeland over the western countries.

And if this study will take 3 years to complete, before the government acts, it might be too late.

Lorenzo also scored the bilateral agreement issue saying that presently it is the foreign recruiters controlling the tempo of the hiring arrangements, with the government being left in the background.

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the body lacks a sufficient thyroid hormone supply. The thyroid hormone is responsible for accomplishing most of the body's metabolic processes. People with hypothyroidism have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism. Fatigue, weakness, depression, and memory loss are some of its symptoms.

Will you blame me if I think the government's response to this problem is a bit like that of a hypothyroid patient?

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