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SVG to begin bonding nurses

The bonding will begin with current cohorts or nurses enrolled at the nation’s training school and comes amidst a significant number of nurses choosing to work overseas.Gonsalves, speaking on state radio, said that he has discussed the issue with the chief personnel officer and Nigel Scott, director of the SVG Community College, of which the Division of Nursing Education is a part.

He, however, did not say specifically for how long nurses would be bonded.

“We don’t have a bonding programme for nurses because we have been producing such a surplus that you could even facilitate some nurses going [overseas to work].  It’s a poverty reduction measure, [it] is to make sure that young people have a noble profession, especially women,” the prime minister said.

He said that is why his government gives either a free nursing level at the associate degree level and highly subsidised, the bachelor’s programme.

“And in addition, we give you $1,000 a month. So we spend a lot of money on it. And what is happening, there are some persons who are — and I understand it, but the world has to be in a balance for things to work; I don’t begrudge anybody who wants to go overseas and get an opportunity to work and the like.

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