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Filipino nurses protest outside national newspaper office

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News headlines rarely declare great news and this has certainly held true for the behaviour of some elements of the press when providing wider commentary on the Victorino Chua case. I am horrified at his actions and deeply saddened by the impact that his heinous crimes have had on patients. The news headlines of one particular paper appears rapacious in its desire to label all Filipino nurses with the same brush as Victorino Chua. My personal experience strongly suggests that he was the exception and not the rule. Like the overwhelming majority of all nurses, hard work, compassion, dedication and skill and the absolute desire to serve our patients and communities to the very best of our abilities are what typically characterises Filipino nurses. I would like to commend all the diligent, dedicated and committed nurses from the Philippines and other shores working on the frontline in the NHS and other healthcare areas, without which this country would not be able to maintain the workforce. It is unfair, unreasonable and discriminatory to stigmatise and vilify all Filipino nurses on the basis of the heinous crime committed by one nurse from the Philippines who it was alleged may not be a qualified nurse. All Filipino nurses cannot be labelled and used as a scapegoat as a result of one person's actions.

Posted date

2 June, 2015

Posted time

11:37 pm

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