Health workforce

Summaries of contributions



Public Services International (PSI), France

PSI provided a number comments on issues that have been covered a number of times in the contribution summaries, including concerns around the voluntary nature of the code and international health workers’ rights to representation and free association. Below are selected highlights of PSI’s other comments.

  • Suggest extending article 4.9 with “They should also be provided with information concerning labour law and with the necessary information to exercise, if they wish to do so, their rights to representation by health workers’ unions and professional associations.”
  • Suggest adding to 6.2: so that it will read: “Member States should recognize that improving the social and economic status of health personnel, their living and working conditions, their opportunities for employment, their protection from occupational hazards, and their career prospects as well as respecting their right to collective bargaining and representation by health workers unions and professional associations are important means of overcoming existing shortages and improving retention of a skilled health workforce.”
  • The International Council of Nurses (ICN) has identified a significant gap in the code, relating to professional regulation. Adequate and consistent professional regulation is essential in order to ensure the quality of patient care as well as the titles and level of professional development of migrating health personnel. We strongly support the ICN’s suggestions in this regard.

International Confederation of Midwives, The Hague, Netherlands

Note: A number of specific comments on article 3 are not included in this summary but will be duly considered when the draft is revised.

3.1 The code should emphasize the issue of effective human resource planning at both country and international levels.

3.3 to 3.7 The ICM agrees with the principles in these articles. The code should emphasize that international recruitment should not be viewed as a long-term solution to the problem.

3.9 The ICM urges midwives to contribute to the development of recruitment practices within their country that are based on ethical principles and codes of practice to ensure that

  • the right of the individual midwife to migrate is supported
  • developing countries are not targeted for recruitment
  • midwives recruited from other countries are protected from exploitation, lack of appropriate information, and false and misleading claims
  • midwives recruited from other countries are protected by employment/industrial legislation as provided to other midwives employed on a basis of long-term residence
  • midwives recruited from other countries have access to safe and equitable working conditions, appropriate orientation to work practices, career advancement opportunities, education and professional development
  • Midwives recruited from other countries are legally protected by the employing country until they start working.

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7 December 2010 02:43 CET