72% of Nurses in Malta are from Developing Countries, 50% Quit Before Six Month

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Half of all third-country nationals working as nurses in Malta's private hospitals leave or change job in the first six months of arriving, according to a study carried out by the Malta Chamber of Commerce.

Around 72 per cent of nurses working within the private sector are foreign, non-EU citizens, the study noted.

The study also showed that 63 per cent of care workers, who help vulnerable people live as comfortably as possible, are third-country nationals, of which nine per cent leave Malta in the first six months.

"This is how critical the situation is in terms of human resources and nursing staff," said Marthese Portelli CEO of The Malta Chamber.

She was speaking during a conference on healthcare organised by the Malta Chamber and EY Malta, the third event in the Industry Focus Series, this time dedicated to the health sector.

During the event, the Chamber's CEO spoke of "nurses" and "care workers", though the lobby group later clarified that its figures only took into account private clinics and hospitals.

n her address, Portelli mapped out the challenges faced by Malta's healthcare sector, one that relies on third-country nationals since the number of Maltese graduates are not enough to make up for the growing demands of the sector in a country with an ageing population.

Like other industries, the healthcare industry is struggling to source employees. Apart from nurses and care worker shortages, there were challenges in finding other professionals since this was an industry that "cannot have any salesperson" - they had to come from the medical profession.

Three other hurdles

Portelli said the industry faced three additional hurdles: First came the administrative challenges that included the need to continue addressing the bureaucracy in the granting of permits for third country nationals.

There was also the issue of competition where the government poached workers from the private sector.

Third was the issue of attractiveness - for example, Malta's family reunification process was not as attractive as other countries. In fact, family reunification and bureaucracy were listed as the main reasons by third-country nationals who left Malta for the UK during a mass exodus last year.

In light of these facts, the chamber recommended ensuring that adequate resources were invested to ensure that the Nurses and Midwifery Council had a set timeframe for processing applications, addressing visa delays and looking into granting a three-month interim work permit while longer-term permits were cleared.

There were also various challenges that had a direct link on supply chains, including Malta's connectivity issues, economies of scale, increasing transport costs, product shelf life and energy prices.

Source:Times of Malta

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