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More troubles for Nigeria’s health sector as 727 doctors migrate to UK in five months

Nigeria’s health sector has been faced with more challenges as no fewer than 727 medical doctors trained in Nigeria have relocated to the United Kingdom between December 2021 and May 2022.

This is according to a data obtained from the website of the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom on the number of foreign doctors working in the UK.

The data showed that Nigeria is the country with the third highest number of foreign doctors working in the UK, coming behind only India and Pakistan.

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As of November 2021, 8,983 Nigerian trained doctors were working in the UK.

But another 727 were licensed between December 2021 and April 2022. That brought the total number of Nigerian doctors in the UK to 9,710.

This development is coming at a time the Federal Government failed to pay the new hazard allowance to medical doctors and other categories of health workers.


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In 2021, it was reported that the government had reviewed the health workers hazard allowance following engagements with the unions and associations in the health sector.

However, the President of the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Victor Makanjuola, claimed in a PUNCH report that the government had yet to begin the implementation.

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The Minister of State for Health, Dr Olorunnimbe Mamora, did not reply to messages sent to him as at press time.

When contacted, spokesman to the Minister of Finance, Yinusa Tanko, he simply said, “I do not know why a medical enquiry has to be channeled to Ministry of Finance.”

The MAN had warned that with the look of things, more Nigerian doctors will be finding their way out of the country which will continue to dwindle the poor state of Nigeria’s health sector.

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