Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ordeal of Nursing Skivvies

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Ordeal of Nursing Skivvies

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Byline: ZOE MORRIS

PRIVATE care homes are forcing highly trained Filipino nurses to carry out menial tasks including washing cars and cleaning floors, the health service union Unison claimed today.

In the la test of a series of cases, it says, four Filipino nurses were "rescued" from a London home where they were being tr ea ted as "skivvies".

T he nurses w ere r ecr uited to the Eltandia Care Centre in Streatham, through an agency based in the Philippines.

T hey claim they were told their only expense would be a [pound]1,000 resettlement fee, but they had their [pound]400 air f are deducted fro m w a ges and w er e forced to work up to 60 hours a week, often per forming domestic tasks.

Allen Reilly, of T he Filipino Community of Coulsdon and Croydon, which worked with Unison to find the nurses NHS jobs, said: "T hey were basicall y being employed as domestics, but these were highl y trained nurses. Some had two de grees.

T hey were afraid to speak up in case they got de por ted. …

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