Nigerian Doctors may still migrate but the new policy according to a statement by the UK government titled, ‘UK to strengthen its ethical approach to the international recruitment of health and care workers’ came into effect on February 25, 2021.
The updated code of practice, which will help to meet UK’s target of delivering 50,000 more nurses by 2024, is expected to affect 47 countries. Nigeria currently has the third largest number of migrant Doctors in the UK.
Countries mostly affected are in Africa in a list which also include; Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea Guinea-Bissau and Haiti.
Other countries on the list affected by the policy are: Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nepal, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo Uganda, Vanuatu and Yemen.
The UK said the new policy was in line with the World Health Organisation’s recommendation.
The statement read in part, “To align with the WHO, the new code refers to the WHO Health Workforce Support and safeguard List, 2020 of 47 countries where active recruitment can’t be undertaken.