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Shortage of doctors across Europe may be caused by migration to UK

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 25 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5874
  1. Abi Rimmer
  1. 1BMJ Careers

Shortages of doctors across Europe may be a result of doctors moving to the United Kingdom and other countries in search of better salaries and working conditions, the European Commission has said.

The commission has published a study of occupations where employers typically have problems finding and hiring staff to fill vacancies,1 sometimes known as “bottleneck” occupations. The study found that labour mobility was a major contributory factor in creating shortages of health workers in newer EU member states, such as Poland. Workers often moved to the UK, Germany, …

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