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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Should African nurses be prevented from working for the NHS?

Let's hear from the BMA:

Doctors' leaders have strongly criticised the continuing reliance on medical staff from developing countries to fill NHS vacancies.

British Medical Association chairman James Johnson said taking much-needed staff is morally indefensible.


I can accept that it is ethically questionable to "poach" nurses from poorer countries which have payed for their training, but the point being made is stronger than this:

The BMA says African nations in particular are being damaged.

The government's tougher code to prevent the active recruitment of such workers does not stop those who volunteer to come to the UK, it says.


And they should be stopped, should they, even though they want to come? They now have the skills and training that give them the opportunity of escaping the hell-holes that they had the misfortune to be born in, but we would condemn them to stay there on salaries a fraction of what they can command within the NHS?

Isn't that morally indefensible?

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