Resource Spotlight: Effect of UK Policy on Medical Migration: A Time Series Analysis of Physician Registration Data

trends in registrations
Trends in registrations

Economically developed countries have recruited large numbers of overseas health workers to fill domestic shortages. Recognition of the negative impact this can have on health care in developing countries led the United Kingdom Department of Health to issue a Code of Practice for National Health Service employers in 1999 providing ethical guidance on international recruitment. Case reports suggest this guidance had limited influence in the context of other policy priorities.

This study compared the trends in new professional registrations in the UK from doctors qualifying overseas before and after the national ethical guidance on international recruitment to determine what, if any, effect these policies have had on ethical recruitment. [adapted from author]

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