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Ironic Recruitment Advert?

van Teijlingen, E., 2010. Ironic Recruitment Advert? British Medical Journal (Rapid Response), 340.

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Is it ironic or just telling that on the very same webpage as James Buchan's short article on Challenges for WHO code on international recruitment [1] we see an advert recruiting overseas doctors to the UK? The advert asks: "Want to work in the UK? Click here for jobs that may be suitable for application by non-UK or non-EEA doctors." Some of the target audience of this advert will be the very doctors so very much needed in countries of the South. When we talk about global migration of doctors we must bear in mind that this phenomenon is neither new nor always 'bad'. First, some elements of the current doctor migration are no different from Scottish doctors going to study and work in Leiden, Padua or Heidelberg centuries ago. Secondly, going somewhere else can be beneficial for the development of individual doctors and for medicine in general. Thus doctors from developing countries coming to the UK or the USA to learn new techniques and skills which are not available at home is beneficial, the problem here occurs when large proportions of these doctors do not return home. The active recruitment of doctors by developed countries should be seen separate from the above and we should treat it probably as much an economic as a moral issue.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Published an electronic letter on web pages of British Medical Journal
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:13548
Deposited By: Prof Edwin van Teijlingen
Deposited On:05 Apr 2010 18:56
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:29


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