HL Deb 17 June 2002 vol 636 c60WA
Lord MacKenzie of Culkein

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer on Filipino nurses by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 21 May (WA 92) which indicated that "a summit meeting is scheduled for 9 May", which organisations were invited to the summit; and what were the outcomes. [HL4571]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

At the meeting held on 9 May there were representatives present from Department of Health, Philippines Embassy, Ambassador of the Philippines, UNISON, Royal College of Nursing, Recruitment and Employment Confederation, National Care Standards Commission, Independent Healthcare Association, Registered Nursing Homes Association and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

All the parties who attended agreed to review their advice on international recruitment and supervised practice and to work together to improve the standards of all international recruitment of healthcare professionals to reduce delays in the registration process. Other outcomes included that the Department of Health would improve liaisons between the Overseas Labour Service, Work Permits UK, NMC and NCSC, establish the parameters for a helpline for healthcare professionals recruited from overseas and convene further meetings to take forward the agreed action.

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