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South Africa's Sunday Times: "African nurses blocked"

July 14, 2003 -- The July 6 issue of the Sunday Times ran an item by Gaenor Vaida reporting that South Africa's Health Minister Dr. Manto Tshabalala-Msimang had urged the South African Nurses Council to stop recruiting health workers from the rest of Africa, apparently in connection with the government's support for the "Code of Practice for International Recruitment of Health Workers," as part of which the government agreed not to recruit from developing nations. The article also pointed to a recent international study commissioned by the International Council of Nurses, the World Health Organization and the Royal College of Nursing. The study reportedly found that nursing shortages were a worldwide problem, that nations were recruiting foreign nurses because they were unable to attract their own, and that nations that lost nurses to foreign jobs suffered declines in nursing quality and in "specialist nursing skills."

See the Sunday Times article "African nurses blocked"

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