TAIPEI (CNA) – The Ministry of Labor (MOL) said Saturday that any Indonesian nurses entering Taiwan to work will not be permitted to provide medical services unless they obtain the required local licenses.
In an interview with CNA, Tsai Meng-liang (蔡孟良), deputy director-general of the ministry’s Workforce Development Agency, said that if trained nurses from abroad are brought in by a human resources agency, the nurses will have to be licensed in Taiwan in order to work as healthcare professionals.
Tsai was responding to questions about a news report that 100 trained Indonesian nurses were being recruited to work in Taiwan from early next year to provide homecare to patients.
According to the news report, which first appeared in the Indonesian media, the initiative will be carried out under a cooperation agreement signed on Oct. 12 between the National Agency for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Migrant Workers and an undisclosed human resources agency based in Taiwan.
Under the agreement, 100 trained nurses from Indonesia will arrive in Taiwan in early 2018 to work in the homes of patients who need such care, the report said, citing Ricky Adriansjah, head of the Tangerang office of the Indonesian national agency.
The nurses will be required to have a bachelor’s degree and at least three months Mandarin language training, Adriansjah said in the report, noting that Indonesia will be sending medical professionals to work in Taiwan for the first time.
However, Tsai said the Taiwan government had made no request for Indonesia to send migrant workers with nursing training and that a special license would be required for such professionals to work in Taiwan.
Most likely, the arrangement is being made because Taiwanese employers have conveyed to Indonesia via brokers that there is a need for such workers, he said.
Hsueh Chien-chung (薛鑑忠), an official from MOL’s Cross-Border Workforce Management, expressed a similar view, telling CNA that the initiative most likely resulted from requests by employers, who would prefer to have trained nurses taking care of their sick and elderly at home.
Currently, Indonesians make up 187,281 of the 243,151 migrant workers social welfare-related jobs in Taiwan and account for 77 percent of all migrant caregivers in the country. •
By Yu Hsiao-han and Kuan-lin Liu