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BMA Annual representative meeting, Manchester, 27 - 30 June: UK hospitals must be staffed without “rape” of the developing world, says BMA chairman

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 30 June 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:12
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. Manchester

    Doctors' leaders are considering how to keep UK hospitals fully staffed without draining the developing world of doctors. In an open debate at this year's BMA annual representatives' meeting in Manchester, doctors argued over whether recruitment agencies in developing countries should be closed down to stem the flow of junior doctors into the United Kingdom, many of whom are unable to do jobs once they arrive.

    Jim Johnson, chairman of the BMA, said that draining skilled health professionals from some of the world's poorest countries had devastating effects. He warned that every year, 11 million children in developing countries died of diseases that could be treated. The “rape” of the poorest countries must stop, he said.

    Mr Johnson called on developed countries to train enough doctors to meet their …

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