Davos focus on nursing’s role in the economic power of care

17 January 2024
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ICN Chief Executive Officer Howard Catton, a member of the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Future Council on the Future of Care Economy says Davos leaders are recognising the economic case to invest in nursing and healthcare.

After a meeting, led by Council members, Mr Catton said: “It is very encouraging that the WEF has the care workforce, with nurses at its centre, clearly on its agenda. As a member of the Council, I was pleased to see investment in education in the health sector as a major topic, which is in line with ICN’s own Charter for Change and our recently announced theme for this year’s International Nurses Day, which is The Economic Power of Care.

‘I welcome the fact that world leaders at Davos are recognising the true value of nurses and women at the centre of our health care systems. As we have said repeatedly, investment in health care is not a cost: it is a best-buy investment for all our futures with benefits for every society, community and economy around the world.”

The WEF is an international non-governmental organization whose stated mission is to improve the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industrial agendas.