Summaries of contributions
Lesley Barclay, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
I very much support the draft code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel as proposed. The document is moderate and fair to all concerned. It can guide thoughtful and sensible movement of health workers if it gains support of governments and business interests who have entered this field. I believe it also should gain support from professionals and professional bodies and also protects employers and those seeking employment internationally. We will certainly use this to guide our activities in running programmes to facilitate the transition of international nurses into employment in Northern Australia.
Julia Paul Nangombe - Ministry of Health and Social Services, Namibia
The code is appreciated and should be placed high on the agendas of each country to develop guidelines and strategies to mitigate the impact of psychological, physiological, political, economical, social and technological factors intertwined in the process of migration.
“Mobile health workers” have become “transnational” in the sense that they are contributing not only to a host country’s economic growth and development but also towards globalized knowledge sharing. In this case, policy makers should consider the return on investment acquired from human capital to a given country. Therefore, establishing bodies at both international and country level to regulate member countries on issues pertaining to recruitment is welcomed.
There should be clear lines at country level to liaise with stakeholders in the recruitment process. The conditions of employment, the working environment and benefits whether to a country or individual should be clearly mentioned. Recruitment practices should not be implicit but explicit, for example: fairness and quality might be perceived differently by different countries, ethical standards of employment i.e. exposure to hazardous conditions, protection and safe working environments, compensation and rewards need to be critically discussed in line with international working standards.