Indonesian nurses not allowed to provide medical care until licensed in Taiwan

At present, Indonesians account for 77 percent of all migrant caregivers in Taiwan

(By Central News Agency)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- In an interview with the Central News Agency, the deputy director-general of the Ministry of Labor's (MOL) Workforce Development Agency (WDA) said that nurses entering Taiwan from abroad will not have the permission to provide medical care until and unless they obtain the required local license.

Tsai Meng-liang (蔡孟良), deputy director-general of the WDA, said in the interview that if agencies would bring in nurses from abroad, the nurses will have to be licensed in Taiwan after which they will be allowed to work as a designated healthcare professional.

These questions were raised after a report was out that 100 healthcare professionals were being hired from Indonesia to provide care to patients here in Taiwan. These nurses, as reported, would enter Taiwan in the beginning of next year.

The report also suggested the recruitment was a result of an agreement signed between the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers and a Taiwanese recruitment agency whose name has not been disclosed. The agreement was reportedly signed on October 12 to allow 100 trained nurses to enter Taiwan in the beginning of next year to provide healthcare in homes of Taiwanese patients.

CNA reported Tsai as saying that Taiwan had not made any specific requests to Indonesia and that the agreement might be a result of what seems like requests of employers who would like trained nurses to take care of their sick and elderly.

At present Indonesians are the highest in number in terms of social welfare related jobs accounting for 77 percent of all migrant caregivers in Taiwan.