UK Catholic bishops support Pinay nurses

By Danny Buenafe, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Sep 14 2010 07:47 PM | Updated as of Sep 15 2010 03:47 AM

LONDON - Catholic bishops in the United Kingdom will help push for the retention of Filipino nurses and carers despite budget cuts in the National Health Service or NHS attributed to the  prevailing global recession.

His Reverend Patrick Lynch, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark is one of the influential church leaders of England and Wales because he is responsible for all migrant workers including Filipinos.

Also in charge of asylum seekers in England, Bishop Lynch takes an active role in the forthcoming state and pastoral visit of his holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, starting September 16 to 19.

Bishop Lynch believes in the strong Christian values of Filipino migrants and their sense of professionalism towards work especially those working in hospitals and caring homes.

Like Bishop Lynch, some 30 archbishops in the UK acknowledge the huge contribution rendered by Filipino nurses in the NHS.

They oppose any move to retrench Filipino nurses and carers due to continuing cutbacks in government services.

If by chance, Bishop Lynch and other church leaders will discuss with the Holy Father the good traits of Filipinos and their big contribution to the UK workforce.

Whatever happens, Bishop Lynch thinks the support of the Holy Father would carry an enormous impact on UK government.

There are 6 million Catholics in Scotland, England and Wales.

While certain groups are already protesting the Pope's arrival, Bishop Lynch believes the police can manage and security preparations will go smooth.

Many Filipinos have lined-up a number of religious activities during the 4-day visit of the Pope.