Revival of the nursing profession, the need of the hour: Indian Medical Association
New Delhi, May 12, 2016: It is estimated that India has a phenomenal 2.4 million shortage of nurses and this number is expected to continue to increase given the high rate of migration. According to estimates available, India was the source of the highest number of nurses recruited from non-EU countries into Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) between 2009 and 2015. A 2015 report on the nursing brain drain in India reveals that up to one-fifth of the nursing labour force may be lost to wealthier states due to migration.
These are several reasons for this decision made by Indian nurses including job insecurity for the contractual staff, low pay in both the government and private sectors, lack of a conducive work environment and infrastructure and training facilities.