THE Health Ministry will develop a policy from next week to ensure the country's nursing sector is not left handicapped with the increase in demand for Fijian nurses to work in the Golan Heights.
Nursing director Silina Waqa-Ledua confirmed they would be meeting ministry internal stakeholders to discuss the new policy next week.
Mrs Waqa-Ledua said the policy would focus on the recruitment and selection criteria of nurses wishing to work in the Golan Heights.
"We need to put something in place so that we also consider not handicapping our establishment in the country," she said.
She said with 14 nurses already serving in the Golan Heights, the ministry did not have any policy in place but was responding to government's initiatives.
"It's a whole government approach that had been taken so we were responding to the very need, looking at the commitment made by government."
Mrs Waqa-Ledua said the ministry responded by sending a team of specialised staff members.
"Now we got team one, team two is about to leave in September so what we need to do in case there is a need for team three and team four, we need to put some policies in place as to what's going to be the selection criteria, what sort of replacement strategy we're going to have in country so that our staffing is not negatively affected."
She revealed that the ministry would also work towards filling the 14 vacancies created by nurses who left for the Golan Heights.