These nurses are destined for a pilot project in the Western Cape Province, where the shortage of staff is most acute. The hospital staff will conduct clinical tests in addition to interviews before recruiting the staff. India was chosen by the hospital group after it had evaluated the talent available in other countries like Philippines and Singapore.
In recent years, poor remuneration has resulted in a mass exodus of skilled and experienced nursing staff from South Africa, especially to Europe and in particular to Britain. One local group, Netcare, is considering an incentive campaign to lure back the South African nursing staff now working in Britain.