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China Outsourcing Illegal Nurses

Posted by w_thames_the_d on July 24, 2011


China is like a champagne bottle that has exploded. With the doors flung open, Chinese now stampede forth like deranged bulls to be ABC, anywhere but China. One of the problems is that in Hong Kong, they feel overrun, or so it has been said. For instance, Chinese women flock to have their little disappointments in Hong Kong due to more favorable visa status. Chinese also want to live in Hong Kong, for who does not want to live in a  civil society.

Now, however, China is not only exporting prison labor, and undocumented workers abroad, but also sending their nurses to HK. The reason, as seen in the blurb below may be money. But come on, have any of you guys been to a real Chinese hospital and seen the ‘quality’ of their work? I am not talkinb about a place in BJ or SH, but a real Chinese hospitcal which caters to the vodoo believing set. WTF would trust their kid with a nurse from the Chinese mainland?

from here

Hong Kong authorities regularly remind people of the maximum fine of HK$350,000 on employers plus imprisonment of up to two months for illegally employing maternity nurses. Still, the demand for illegal nurses from mainland China remains strong, mainly a response to the much less expensive relative cost, according to reports from Hong Kong’s Wen Wei Po newspaper.

Licensed maternity nurses with formal training, mostly native to Hong Kong, charge about 35,000 yuan (US$5,420) per month for eight-hour daily service. Monthly fees can reach up to 60,000 yuan (US$9,300) for 24-hour service. Their black market counterparts from China normally ask a mere 7,000 yuan (US$1,080), just one-seventh the monthly cost of hiring a Hong Kong native.

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