Owing to large-scale migration of nurses to other countries, India is currently facing an acute shortage of trained nurses. This is proving to be a major setback to expansion of health services in the country, suggested a panel at an ongoing global summit on critical care medicine.
Doctors said several nurses chose to migrate to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Canada, Australia, the European continent and other countries which offer better salaries and facilities.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) experts said there was a major gap of 50% where for every two critical patients least one nurse is needed. The experts said, "In the private sector hospitals, the gap was more evident due to poor salaries."
"Trained nurses were integral to running critical care units and trauma centers. India will need to address this emerging problem sooner rather than later," the doctors said.
Doctor Tasneem from the UAE said, "Indian nursing staff was any day better and professionally better equipped and, therefore, got the importance they deserved in UAE hospitals. Due to better quality of life, if the nurses had a choice in UAE they would prefer to go to the western countries than return to India."
Over 3,500 delegates from India, the US, Britain, China and Pakistan besides other neighboring countries have come together for the first global summit on critical care medicine being held in Agra from February 3 to 7, 2016.
Over 150 research papers are scheduled to be presented at the summit. Besides, workshops on 14 new fields of critical care are expected to be beneficial for attending doctors.