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UK government makes it easier for health professionals to do voluntary work abroad

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39527.366065.DB (Published 27 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:689
  1. Peter Moszynski
  1. 1London

    The UK government last week published its formal response to Nigel Crisp’s report on global health partnerships, which recommended improving coordination between medical professionals in the United Kingdom and poor countries and making access easier (BMJ 2007;334:329; doi: 10.1136/bmj.39126.379479.DB).

    Many of Lord Crisp’s suggestions have been taken on board, with new money set aside to help with health links and a £13m (€17m; $26m) fund to compensate public health workers who lose pension contributions when doing voluntary work abroad.

    The public health minister, Dawn Primarolo, said, “Our health service workers who volunteer can really make a difference in developing countries. And there are huge …

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