It’s a great time to be a nurse, away from India
- A spike in migration has left India facing one of its worst shortages of nursing staff in recent years
- Policymakers need to address the systemic issues plaguing the profession as the lack of quality nursing staff has a direct impact on the quality of healthcare in the country
TORONTO : In a quest for better pay and dignity in her labour, Ashwathy, 31, departed India for the UK in October 2020, leaving her three-year-old daughter behind in Kerala with her ex-husband. A nurse who graduated from Kerala’s Government College of Nursing, Ashwathy’s decision to leave was triggered by burnout during the pandemic and the lack of incentives or recognition for her work back home.