Resource Spotlight: Effect of UK Policy on Medical Migration: A Time Series Analysis of Physician Registration Data
Economically developed countries have recruited large numbers of overseas health workers to fill domestic shortages. Recognition of the negative impact this can have on health care in developing countries led the United Kingdom Department of Health to issue a Code of Practice for National Health Service employers in 1999 providing ethical guidance on international recruitment. Case reports suggest this guidance had limited influence in the context of other policy priorities.
This study compared the trends in new professional registrations in the UK from doctors qualifying overseas before and after the national ethical guidance on international recruitment to determine what, if any, effect these policies have had on ethical recruitment. [adapted from author]
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The HRH Global Resource Center has other resources on this topic including:
- WHO Global Code of Practice on the International Recruitement of Health Personnel: The Evolution of Global Health Diplomacy
- US Distribution of Physicians from Lower Income Countries
- Reflections on the Ethics of Recruiting Foreign-Trained Human Resources for Health
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