Welsh Health Minister happy to recruit direct from Kerala to address staff retention and recruitment at NHS
Saturday 15 October 2022 11:01 AM UTC
Kerala Health Minister Veena George with Welsh officials during her visit to the UK
By A Staff Reporter
LONDON Oct 15: Welsh Health Minister Eluned Morgan said that she is happy to have made a direct partnership with the Kerala government to improve staff retention and recruitment in Welsh NHS.
The Welsh minister was replying to questions in the Senedd (Welsh Parliament) from North Wales politicians who have urged the Welsh government to do more improve staff retention and recruitment in the region, deeside.com reported.
Speaking in the Senedd yesterday the minister admitted that staff retention is “the real challenge”. In defence to her efforts she said that they were able to recruit 400 international nurses this year.
The Welsh minister went onto say: “And I was very pleased, on Monday, to meet the health Minister for Kerala in India, who we’re going to now be making a partnership with, so that we can recruit directly from Kerala, so that we can have a direct route to qualified, high-quality students.
“They were very clear to me that they are happy to train them up, they’re happy to send them over. And what happens is that the remittances are sent back to Kerala, and that’s why it’s in their interest also for us to take on these nurses.
“So, there are some plans in place, we know that we’ve got a lot further to go, but this is a global pressure that everybody’s really facing.”
Today we welcomed a delegation from Kerala to Cardiff 🏴 🇮🇳