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.