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Blow to Kenyan Nurses as UK Stops Hiring

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Kenya nurses during the launch of nurses' status in Nairobi/Ministry of Health

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The United Kingdom has briefly stopped the recruitment of Kenyan nurses, citing an existing shortage of the workforce in Kenya.

The announcement by the UK Health Department yesterday also stated that some of the nurses had existing contracts, making it prudent to halt the recruitment process for a while.

World Health Organization(WHO) report had previously indicated that Kenya was among 57 Countries experiencing critical shortage of health care workers, especially in rural areas.

The British Government, however, noted that it was still engaging the Kenyan Government over the matter to come up with a mutually beneficial agreement.

The announcement comes a month after the Ministry of Health announced that 290 nurses out of the 300 nurses who sought to work in the UK missed the opportunity after failing in English proficiency test.

In July 2021, Kenya and British governments signed a bilateral deal that would allow Kenya to export qualified health workers to London following a huge shortage reported by the National Health Service (NHS).

“Our health partnership with Kenya is 30 years old and growing stronger by the month. This new agreement on health workers allows us to share skills and expertise even further, and is a fantastic opportunity for Kenyans to work in the UK,” British High Commissioner Jane Marriott said after the agreement.

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