NHS staff can make a significant contribution to international development

NHS staff can make a significant contribution to international development

Today (21 November 2014) the Government issued its response to ‘Strengthening Health Systems in Developing Countries: Government Response to the Committee's Fifth Report of Session 2014-15’

http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmintdev/816/81602.htm

Emma Harrison, Head of Global Engagement at VSO, said:

“VSO is encouraged by the Government’s commitment today to breaking down the barriers NHS staff face when it comes to volunteering overseas. We agree that a more formal structure is needed to enable healthcare professionals to volunteer overseas for extended periods of time.

VSO knows from experience that NHS staff can make a significant contribution to international development. Our work depends on a steady flow of NHS professionals like nurses, doctors and midwives and health managers, who train local healthcare workers and improve the management of hospitals and healthcare systems. They ensure that people have access to good quality healthcare. It’s a win-win situation as these volunteers return to their jobs in the UK with new skills that they picked up working in challenging environments overseas”

ENDS

For more information or to request an interview, contact VSO Press Office via Ruby Wright on ruby.wright@vso.org.uk

Visit www.vsointernational.org

Editor's notes

VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries. VSO's high-impact approach involves bringing people together to share skills, build capabilities, promote international understanding and action, and change lives to make the world a fairer place for all.

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