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The cost of our health
The UK must compensate developing countries for its role in the global health worker crisis.
The UK’s health system continues to benefit from the migration of health workers from developing countries despite the catastrophic shortage of health workers in those countries. It is estimated that 1 billion people will never see a health worker putting them at risk of dying from easily preventable diseases, from childbirth and basic health conditions. While individuals should continue to have the right to migrate to seek work, much more must be done to increase the numbers of health workers in developing countries and to strengthen the health systems they serve.
Our briefing, Aid in Reverse, calls on the UK government to play its part in ending the global health worker crisis. We’re asking the Departments of Health and International Development to work more closely together to tackle our own health worker shortage and to compensate countries whose health systems are suffering as a result of this brain drain.
The Departments of Health and International Development must work together to:
- Provide additional support to compensate the health systems of those countries that have made the biggest contributions to UK health services through health worker migration.
- Get the UK’s own house in order through better workforce planning to address UK skill shortages
Please take action today. Please email Lynne Featherstone, MP Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development and Dr Daniel Poulter, MP, Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Health and ask them to take action.