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.