UK Employs 353 Nigerian Doctors In Three Months Amid Ongoing Strike In Nigeria

At least 353 Nigerian medical doctors have been registered to work within the United Kingdom within the final 100 days.

According to Punch, checks on the web site of the General Medical Council – the physique which licenses and maintains the official register of medical practitioners within the UK – confirmed that the GMC licensed at the very least 353 Nigerian-trained medical doctors between June 10, 2021 and September 20, 2021.

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The statistics additionally confirmed that between July 24, 2020 and September 21, 2021, about 862 Nigeria educated medical doctors had been licensed within the UK regardless of the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, 8, 737 medical doctors who obtained their levels in Nigeria at the moment practise within the UK.

Speaking on Tuesday, the Vice-President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Julian Ojebo, mentioned the speed of migration would possibly double within the coming weeks since medical doctors weren’t given the suitable remuneration.

Ojebo argued that the medical doctors migrating to Saudi Arabia would possibly even be greater than these shifting to the UK.

He mentioned it was unlucky that the federal government had failed to handle the plight of medical doctors and meet their circumstances for calling off the strike which started on August 1, 2021.

Ojebo said, “If 353 Nigerian doctors have been licensed in the last 100 days, I am sure the figure will double within the next one month. The strike has opened the eyes to the doctors that Nigeria does not care about them.

“I am sure the statistics for those migrating to Saudi Arabia would be higher. I have always said it that remuneration is usually the trigger for migration. It is now worse today due to insecurity and the lack of political will by government appointees to address the issues affecting the health sector.

“I can tell you categorically that some of the issues we are fighting for are matters that should have been addressed since 2014 and we are still protesting in 2021. Like we have always said, whatever you earn in Nigeria, you stand the opportunity of earning three times that amount with better working conditions.”

A ballot by NOI in 2018 confirmed that 88 per cent of Nigerian medical doctors had been contemplating work alternatives overseas, however specialists say the determine could also be increased as a result of rising insecurity and financial crunch.

Meanwhile, NARD has continued its strike amid rising COVID-19 and cholera infections. 

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UK Employs 353 Nigerian Doctors In Three Months Amid Ongoing Strike In Nigeria

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