A group of international medical experts has said that so many African health professionals are being recruited by Western countries that the practice should be viewed as a crime.
They say, for instance, that more than 13,000 doctors trained in sub-Saharan Africa are now practicing in Britain, the United States, Canada and Australia, and that they’re leaving behind are healthcare systems that can’t cope.
If you live in the West, do you feel guilty about the doctors and nurses from the developing world who work in your hospitals?
If you live in the developing world, do you resent those doctors and nurses who leave?
And should the practice of actively recruiting these doctors be made illegal?
Meanwhile, a report out today (by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) says that there’s little evidence that there is a brain drain from the developing to the developed world. They say it affects all countries. In which case…
Should graduates be obliged to stay for a period of time in the country which has educated them?
Or should we live in a free world with a free global economy, where we can work without restriction?
2. CONTRIBUTORS’ CHARTER. I’ve updated this and you might want to have a look. It runs through what you can expect if you contribute to WHYS online or on the radio. To those of you who are trying to post very very long comments on the blog, it also explains why we’re not going to publish them.
3. TRIPLETS AT 16 – AGAIN
No chance of this making the show, but this is an unbelievable story from Argentina. Six? I can only just cope with one.
4. LUBNA’S NEW BLOG
With some help from WHYS regular Ian in Phoenix, Lubna in Baghdad has started blogging.
5. FAREWELL LEONARDO, BEN AND MARTIN
There have been a few too many leaving parties for my liking recently and we’ve another this evening. Leo has already left and Martin and Ben are on their in the next week or two. All three have been brilliant producers for us, and it’s a real shame that we’re going to be without them.
That’s it for this week. Have a good weekend.