Netherlands shuts door on nurses from Kerala
Kottayam: The Netherlands government has reportedly told Kerala government that they do not need nurses from Kerala to work in their health sector. The knowledge of Dutch language is the major problem that is stopping the recruitment of Kerala nurses.
However, the government sources have informed that there is still hope and discussions on this matter are still ongoing.
Pinarayi Vijayan had said earlier that he has assured the service of Kerala nurses after the Ambassador from Netherlands informed the need for 30,000 to 40,000 nurses in the health sector of Netherlands.
This was after the meeting the CM had with Ambassador Martin Van Den Berg at Kerala House in New Delhi. Following this, he asked the Resident Commissioner in Delhi to take the necessary actions. Later NORKA was given the responsibility of recruitment process.
During the recent discussion that was held as a part of this recruitment process, Netherlands informed that they will not recruit anyone from outside the European Union. The Dutch government informed that local residents will be their first priority, which will be followed by nurses from European Union countries.
Ambassador Martin Van Den Berg has reportedly written to Kerala chief secretary regarding the matter.