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How to halt the brain drain

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7546.921 (Published 13 April 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:921

Refreshing and Positive

I want to congratulate Dr Loefler on a refreshing and positive write
up on brain drain. The article touches upon the real issues rather than
the usual moral high ground and preaching that migrants have grown to
expect when we read the title. Doctors are told to be holistic in their
approach to their patients. It is equally important that we all develop a
holistic and seamless approach to our planet and the peoples and creatures
who live here - unfettered by artificial national boundaries and rules. We
all should feel responsibility for the problems affecting any part of the
world and any people irrespective of where we were born or what our
nationality is. The idea that some how the nurse who was born in Ghana
has greater responsibility than the nurse born in USA to serve the needs
of the African poor and therefore must be made to feel guilty when she
makes a choice to move to the USA for personal reasons is wrong. The final
question as always is - do we really care and if so how much ?

Competing interests:
None declared

Competing interests: No competing interests

15 April 2006
R Lakshman
consultant paediatrician
Bury St Edmunds IP33 2QZ