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Poor countries need to tackle the health brain drain

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7463.419-a (Published 19 August 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:419
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

    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).

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