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Edmonton: Doctors become nurses to come to Canada

Dr. Gilmour Becina Dr. Gilmour Becina in the town square of Santa Cruz. Becina, like thousands of other Filipino doctors, has retrained as a nurse in hopes of a job in Canada or another western country. . (Ann Sullivan/CBC)
Capital Health plans to hire 500 nurses from the Philippines, and Dr. Gilmour Becina would love to be one of them. Becina doesn't earn enough as a doctor in the Philippines to send his children to university, so he's done something unheard of in Canada: He has retrained as a nurse.

It's a growing trend in the Philippines, where thousands of doctors are retraining as nurses each year, in the hopes of working in western countries like Canada.

CBC Radio’s Ann Sullivan met Dr. Gilmour Becina in the social security office in Santa Cruz, Philippines.

Listen to Ann Sulivan's interview with Dr. Gilmour Becina. (Runs 4:18)

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Randy Mathias (Kamloops_BC) wrote:

I see it as a duplicity of world standards. Here, we are in need of health care employees. The wages, even though not specifically compensatory for our economy still sound attractive to workers in other countries. Yet our Doctors are lining up to sign up for jobs out side of Canada for better wage incentive packages. Worse yet they are choosing to stay in a community and specialize in areas that are profitable for the doctor yet restrictive for the patient. Too bad we have become a society monitored by the dollar and not our sick and desperately needy. Some would say that we are as strong as our weekest link..... so where does that leave us???

Posted May 24, 2008 02:53 AM

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