Saturday April 21, 2018

India: Highest source for nurses in Britain

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London: Amid some recent concerns over Indian health professionals facing discrimination in western countries, a recent report shows that India was the source of the largest number of nurses recruited from non-European Union countries into Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) between the years 2009-2015.

According to a report released by the Migration Advisory Committee(MAC) of Home Offices, nurses from India and Philippines tend to have better English skills which make them preferable for the service.

Recently, The British Association of Physicians of Indian origin had expressed concern over Indian and other non-Eu health professionals facing discrimination in the NHS.

A total of 6138 Indian nurses were recruited between the years 2009 and 2015 who amount for 37% of Non-EU nurses employed by NHS trusts. Philippines, Nigeria, Nepal and Australia are other countries which took place in the top five sources of recruitment.

David Metcalf, Chairman of MAC says, “There is no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems to be an automatic presumption that non-EEA skilled migration provides the health and care sector with a ‘Get out of Jail Free’ card” blaming the health sector itself for the shortage of nurses.

MAC had previously discovered that non-EU nurses were being paid £6,000 less than equivalent UK nurses on an average.

(The article was originally published in hindustantimes.com)

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Britain To Ban Sale Of Plastic Straws In Bid To Fight Waste

Britain planning to ban the sale of Plastic products

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An alternative for plastic straws.
Stainless steel straws are displayed at the cooperative Sin Plastico (Without Plastic), which offers environmentally friendly household items free from plastic materials and packaging, in Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2018. Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use items. VOA

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.

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A woman drinks from a paper cup through a plastic straw on Westminster

Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

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“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.  VOA

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