UK to stop recruiting doctors, social care workers from Nigeria, others
The United Kingdom (UK) has placed Nigeria and 53 other countries on the red list of countries that should not be actively targeted for recruitment by health and social care employers.
This comes one month after the World Health Organisation identified 55 countries, including Nigeria, as having the most pressing health workforce challenges related to Universal Health Coverage.
After India and Pakistan, Nigeria has the third-highest number of foreign doctors working in the UK.
In its revised code of practice, the UK stated that health and social care organisations in England do not actively recruit from countries identified by WHO as having the most pressing health and care workforce-related challenges unless there is a government-to-government agreement to support managed recruitment activities.
It is recommended that employers, recruitment organisations, agencies, collaborations, and contracting bodies check the red country list for updates before any recruitment drive.
The countries placed on the red list of ‘No active recruitment’ are Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon,
Others are Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Kiribati, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Republic of Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.