The UK will no longer hire Nigerian health workers.
The third-highest percentage of foreign doctors working in the UK are from Nigeria. Because Nigeria is on the red list of nations that shouldn’t be pursued for recruitment, the government of the United Kingdom has decided to stop considering hiring Nigerian health professionals.
One month prior, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified 55 nations, including Nigeria, as having urgent health workforce concerns.
According to the UK government, unless there is a government-to-government agreement, firms in the health and social care sectors will no longer actively seek certain nations for hiring.
This is stated in a statement titled “Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health and Social Care Personnel in England” that can be seen on the UK government’s website.
The statement says, in part, “The listed countries should be given priority for health personnel development and support related to health systems, provided with safeguards that discourage active international recruitment of health personnel. This is consistent with the WHO Global Code of Practice principles and articles.
“Countries on the list should not be actively targeted for recruitment by health and social care employers, recruitment organizations, agencies, collaborations, or contracting bodies unless there is an agreement in place between the two governments that permits managed recruitment that is carried out strictly in accordance with the terms of that agreement.
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“Countries with red grades in the code are those on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list. A country is placed on the amber list if a government-to-government agreement is established with a partner nation that limits recruiting organizations to the parameters of the agreement.
It should be recalled that the UK stopped hiring healthcare professionals from Nigeria and 46 other nations in 2021.
The attainment of their country’s health and social care goals is threatened by the growing number of health and social care workers migrating from lower-income and lower-middle-income nations, according to ThePunch.
According to data from the UK General Medical Council, there are 11,055 doctors who had their medical education in Nigeria.
The third-highest percentage of foreign doctors working in the UK are from Nigeria. Pakistan and India are the top two nations.
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A law that seeks to stop the emigration of Nigerian-trained doctors and dentists to other nations has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.
A minimum of five years of practice in the nation would be required before Nigeria-trained medical or dental professionals could receive full licenses, according to a measure presented by Ganiyu Abiodun Johnson.
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