The highly regarded and renowned hospital St. Luke's Medical Center in Manila (Philippines) will make nurses available to work in Dutch healthcare. To this end, a partnership agreement was signed on Tuesday 18 October with OTTO Health Care.
In addition to their work at St. Luke's, Philippine healthcare professionals will prepare for their temporary arrival in the Netherlands. They receive Dutch lessons for two years, so that they can master the language and culture. After completing their training, they will sign a contract for a maximum of five years with a Dutch hospital. After their stay in the Netherlands they will return to St. Luke's. OTTO Health Care provides guidance during this entire period.
The deployment of foreign healthcare personnel is still viewed with caution in the Netherlands, but in neighboring countries such as Switzerland, Germany or the United Kingdom this has been common practice for years. In fact, there is currently even more work being done on this practice, because people are so satisfied with the results. OTTO Health Care explicitly strives for a win-win-win situation. This is possible because of the good guidance.
It is good for the concerned healthcare professional who can earn more money abroad and thus help his or her family in the home country and develop personally. It is therefore also good for the country of origin. In the Philippines, the government encourages healthcare professionals to work abroad temporarily, because it promotes the prosperity and well-being of their own country.
And finally the Dutch healthcare. Experienced and Dutch-speaking foreign healthcare professionals can ease the workload in healthcare and shorten waiting lists. This is good for Dutch patients and healthcare professionals. It is up to all of us to embrace and encourage all solutions that contribute to the prevention of a crisis. A healthcare crisis is the last thing the Netherlands needs.