Poor countries need to tackle the brain drain
- By: Roger Dobson
With the United Kingdom needing 10 000 more doctors, and with more than 7000 nurses from the Philippines alone currently registered in the United Kingdom, compared with just 52 in 1999, a new report says that the countries providing the workers, as well as those that hire them, need to look for solutions.
“Source countries must work on improving staff attraction and retention. Recipient countries should also try to get their own houses in order so they are not a permanent drain on health professionals from the South,” says a study in Health Policy (2004;70:1-10).
In research funded by the UK's Department for International Development, the authors looked at Ghana, a net exporter of health workers; South Africa, an importer and exporter; and England, a net importer.
The authors, Peter Bundred from the department of primary care, Liverpool University, Tim Martineau from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, and Karola