5,722 Nigerian specialists, 1,540 others practicing medicine in the UK – GMC

As many as 5,722 Nigerian doctors who are specialists work in the United Kingdom.

Also, no fewer than 1,540 GPs were on the list of Nigerian doctors in the UK.

These were revealed through an analysis of the data obtained from the British General Medical Council website.

According to the data, 1,228 of the specialists are senior specialists, while 4,494 are associate specialists.

The GMC added that 1,540 GPs trained in Nigeria are also in the UK, while there are a total of 1,968 doctors in training.

the PUNCH reports that the number of Nigerian-trained specialists and consultants migrating has continued to increase over the years.

In September, it was reported that the government of Saudi Arabia had organized a recruitment interview for advisers and specialists in Abuja.

Labor and Employment Secretary Chris Ngige had proposed a nine-year bond for health workers during his budget defense to fight brain drain.

Checks by our correspondent showed that in the past 53 days, at least 264 doctors had been licensed by the UK General Medical Council, an average of 4.6 Nigerian doctors per day.

A check on the council’s website showed that in terms of the number of foreign doctors working in the UK, Nigeria ranks third, behind only India and Pakistan, which have 30,388 and 15,962 doctors in the UK respectively.

In an interview with the PUNCH, the immediate former president of the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria and a current member of the association’s National Executive Council, Prof. Ken Ekilo, explained that one of the main causes was the hostile work environment.

He said: “The Nigerian work environment is hostile to the doctors and the Nigerian security situation is hostile to Nigerian citizens. Infrastructure is poor, equipment is outdated, medicines and supplies are out of stock, and staff are scarce, overworked and underpaid.

“There is no sense of job satisfaction, professional growth or commensurate financial reward. These are the push factors.

“The country’s health care system does not have the capacity to absorb all the health personnel produced each year. It is only recently that the issue of house officers has been addressed.”

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