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South Africa and Britain reach agreement to curb poaching of healthcare staff

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7465.532 (Published 02 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:532
  1. Pat Sidley
  1. Johannesburg

    The UK and South African governments have agreed to slow down the migration of South African doctors and other healthcare professionals to the United Kingdom. The move is part of UK proposals to strengthen the code of practice on international recruitment and to prevent agencies stripping 150 developing countries, including South Africa, of their doctors and nurses.

    The proposals include offering private sector employers that sign up to the code access to international recruitment programmes in a bid to slow “back-door” recruitment into the NHS and closing a loophole …

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