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Developed world is robbing African countries of health staff

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:923
  1. Rebecca Coombes
  1. London

    Entire African countries are being left with less than 500 doctors each because of the ongoing “brain drain” of healthcare staff to the developed world. Developed countries find it cheaper to recruit from abroad than to train enough of their own citizens, delegates were told at a BMA conference last week.

    The meeting of delegates from the United States, Canada, Africa, the Commonwealth, and the United Kingdom was convened to discuss the growing crisis in developing countries caused by the escalating migration of doctors and nurses.

    James Johnson, chairman of BMA council, criticised developed nations for failing to make …

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