It is news that at least 353 Nigerian doctors have been registered to ruse duty in the United Kingdom in the last 100 days.
On the website of the General Medical Council – the body which maintains and licenses the register of medical practitioners officially in the UK- proved that the GMC licensed at least 353 Nigerian-trained doctors between June 10, 2021 and September 20, 2021.
Statistics have shown us that between the months of July 24, 2020 and September 21, 2021, about 862 Nigeria trained doctors were licensed in the UK despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall, 8, 737 doctors who gained their degrees in Nigeria currently practice in the UK.
He then said that it was unfortunate that the government had failed to address the plight of doctors and calling off the strike which began on August 1, 2021.
Ojebo stated, “If 353 Nigerian doctors have been licensed in the last 100 days, I am sure the figure will double within the next one month’’. The strike has made it clear to the doctors that the doctors don’t care about them.
I am sure the statistics for those migrating to Saudi Arabia would be higher. I have always said it that remuneration is usually the trigger for migration. It is now worse today due to insecurity and the lack of political will by government appointees to address the issues affecting the health sector.
“I can tell you categorically that some of the issues we are fighting for are matters that should have been addressed since 2014 and we are still protesting in 2021. Like we have always said, whatever you earn in Nigeria, you stand the opportunity of earning three times that amount with better working conditions.”
A poll showed that 88 per cent of Nigerian doctors were considering work opportunities overseas, but then the experts say the number may be higher due to the increasing security and economic crunch.
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