NHS staff should work in developing world, says princess

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 08 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:77

Senior managers in the British health service are being encouraged to release staff who want to work on projects in developing countries. A letter has been issued from the NHS Executive asking employers to look favourably on such requests. The move has been welcomed by the Princess Royal, who, in her role as patron of the International Health Exchange, has been critical of negative attitudes in the NHS towards people who want to volunteer for work overseas.

Speaking to health managers last week at the conference of the National Association of Health Authorities and Trusts in Glasgow, she said that development agencies had difficulty in recruiting experienced health professionals. People interested in volunteering feared that their career prospects …

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