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Foreign Minister Soini Would Tackle Finland’s Elderly Care Crisis By Bringing in Nurses From the Philippines

Foreign Minister Soini Would Tackle Finland’s Elderly Care Crisis By Bringing in Nurses From the Philippines
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According to Foreign Minister Timo Soini, the solution to Finland’s problems with elderly care would be to bring in more nursery staff from abroad. Picture: Tony Öhberg for Finland Today

The Finnish elderly care system has seen better days.

The media has reported about staff shortages, patients’ deaths and nurses on the verge of a nervous breakdown.

However, according to Foreign Minister Timo Soini (Finns), things are not as bad as they look.

As a matter of fact, he has a solution.

“They are hard-working, good people who work with high morale.”

Timo Soini

“We need more caring hands, mainly from our home country but also from abroad. Same work, same pay. And taxes,” he said in his blog.

According to Soini, acknowledging the facts is the beginning of wisdom.

The solution is to bring in nursing staff from the Philippines.

“They are hard-working, good people who work with high morale.”

It would be wise, according to Soini, that Finland would extend its cooperation with the Philippines; Finland should see its next embassy to be opened there. “The relations between our countries are good and they should be deepened by practical cooperation.”

According to Soini, work-related immigration can also be rational.

“With the Philippines, it would be just that. Beneficial for both sides,” Soini concluded.

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3 Comments

  1. Dr J.E.Mannerheim

    We have been employing Philippino nurses and many other nationalities here in Australia for many years. But we are a truly multinational country in all areas.

  2. Peter Parsons

    I am a License Psychiatric Social Worker, Elder Specialist, with many year’ experience in Nursing Homes, etc. I am also a “Finn” 4th generation, on my mother’s side. I would be interested in exploring any possibilities in Finland, but I do NOT speak Finnish. How can I look into this?Kiitos, paljon!

  3. Steven Karkkainen

    Maybe expand nurse training for Finn’s and encourage Finn’s to get education in the field of nursing by giving nursing students tangible incentives to choose nursing. By encouraging anyone to come to Finland from countries with a much lower income base it seems you are trying to lower health care costs rather than fill an ever increasing need for Finnish trained nurses!

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