The enrollment of health and care laborers from Nigeria and 46 different nations has been suspended by the United Kingdom government as affirmed in its refreshed Code of Practice (CoP).
Africa Check had before announced that around 5, 250 Nigerian-prepared specialists are on the UK books as at April 2018, an ascent of 10% on the earlier year.
The Sun reported that the announcement which is contained in the CoP and released by the UK Department of Health and Social Care, would help to meet the UK’s target of delivering 50,000 more nurses by 2024.
The UK said CoP provide safeguards against active recruitment from 47 countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list and also aligns with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) advice on ethical recruitment to promote effective, fair and sustainable international recruitment practices.
It was further learnt that UK authorities will strengthen their ethical approach to the international recruitment of health and care workers.
The affected countries include Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Congo Democratic Republic of, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, among others.
To align with the WHO, the UK said the new code refers to the WHO Health Workforce Support and safeguard list 2020 of 47 countries where active recruitment can’t be undertaken. This, it said, replaces the previous UK-held list of 152 countries, and removes the confusion that can arise from the UK holding a separate list of countries.
With the new rule, UK recruiters are not permitted to actively recruit from these countries unless there is a government to government agreement in place for managed recruitment. The CoP according to UK, sets out how the UK can work collaboratively with governments from around the world, forming partnerships to benefit health and social care workers, their country of origin and the UK.
“The UK has refreshed its code of training for the worldwide enlistment of health and social consideration staff to line up with the World Health Organisation (WHO), extending the worldwide market from which the UK can morally select. This will furnish expanding quantities of global staff with the chance to come and work in the UK’s health and social consideration areas to convey world-class care.”