Rich countries are accused of “snatching” doctors from poor ones

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 13 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:579
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. 1Kampala

Poor countries should improve their working conditions to keep hold of their doctors and nurses, an international meeting on the global shortage of healthcare workers was told. But rich countries should also train more of their own healthcare workers, the conference agreed.

Experts and policy makers resolved at the five day conference in Uganda, organised by the Geneva based Global Health Workforce Alliance, that countries should strive for self sufficiency in their health workforce, with richer countries giving priority to training and recruiting personnel from their own populations, and governments from poor nations increasing spending on their own health workforce.

The World Health Organization formed …

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