UK Has Stopped The Recruitment Of Doctors And Nurses From Nigeria And 46 Others


The uk (UK) has announced the suspension of international recruitment of health and care workers from Nigeria and 46 other countries under a replacement regime of its updated Code of Practice (CoP).

According to Africa Check, about 5, 250 Nigerian-trained doctors are on the united kingdom books as at April 2018, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year.

The UK said CoP provide safeguards against active recruitment from 47 countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list. The list of the 47 countries is included in its updated CoP which sets out how UK health and social care employers can ethically recruit from overseas.

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The announcement which is contained within the CoP and released by the united kingdom Department of Health and Social Care would help to satisfy UK’s target of delivering 50,000 more nurses by 2024

The UK in announcing the suspension said it aligns with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice on ethical recruitment to market effective, fair and sustainable international recruitment practices, adding that the united kingdom will strengthen its ethical approach to the international recruitment of health and care workers.

To align with the WHO, UK said the new code refers to the WHO Health Workforce Support and safeguard list 2020 of 47 countries where active recruitment can’t be undertaken.

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This, it said, replaces the previous UK-held list of 152 countries, and removes confusion which may arise from the united kingdom holding a separate list of nations .

It warned that UK recruiters aren’t permitted to actively recruit from these countries unless there’s a government to government agreement in situ for managed recruitment. The CoP, consistent with UK sets out how the united kingdom can work collaboratively with governments from round the world, forming partnerships to profit health and social care workers, their country of origin and therefore the UK.

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“The UK has updated its code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care staff to align with the planet Health Organization (WHO), widening the worldwide market from which the united kingdom can ethically recruit. this may provide increasing numbers of international staff with the chance to return and add the UK’s health and social care sectors to deliver world-class care.”

The affected countries include Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso , Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic of, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti,Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, among others.


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