Filipino nurses protest outside Daily Mail office over Victorino Chua story
Hundreds of nurses protested outside the offices of the Daily Mail in central London on Saturday over the newspaper's story questioning the recruitment of Filipino nurses following the Victorino Chua case.
Up to 400 Filipino nurses and supporters gathered to chant and hold signs backing the professionalism of Filipino nurses and their contribution to the NHS. They demanded a public apology from the newspaper.
Chua, an adult nurse at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport, was jailed for a minimum of 35 years last month after being found guilty of murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others by injecting insulin into saline bags and ampoules.
In a story headlined ‘NHS STILL hiring Filipino nurses despite Victorino Chua scandal’, the Daily Mail raised concerns about the screening of nurses in the Philippines to work in the UK.
Nurses held up signs saying ‘Filipino nurses – proud to serve with care’, ‘No to racism, no to bullying’, and ‘DM [Daily Mail] – we seek public apology’.
Members of the Philippine Nurses Association of the UK (PNAUK) wore T-shirts with the words ‘I am a Filipino nurse – caring, competent, credible, compassionate’.
Mark Boothroyd, Unite officer at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust, attended the protest and said: ‘It was fantastic.
‘The Filipino nurses and community were really well organised and had a great presence.’
A ‘statement of solidarity’, including a demand for a public apology from the Mail, was handed in to the newspaper’s office.
The Mail story included claims about the Omanfil International Manpower Development Corporation, which recruits nurses in the Philippines for work in the NHS, alleging there had been ‘cursory checks’ of qualifications and other discrepancies with recruitment.
The company has said it ‘abides by the highest standards of international recruitment’ and that it only accepts original documentation, tests are invigilated and answers are never shared with candidates.
The Daily Mail declined to provide a comment.