In just 100 days, the UK has Employs 353 Nigerian Doctors

I am sure the statistics for those migrating to Saudi Arabia would be higher.
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In just 100 days, the UK has Employs 353 Nigerian Doctors (Photo by Laura James from Pexels)

In the last 100 days, at least 353 Nigerians have been hired and registered to work in the United Kingdom.

According to information obtained from the General Medical Council's website, which lists the number and details of medical practitioners in the United Kingdom, at least 353 Nigerian-trained physicians were engaged between June 10, 2021, and September 20, 2021.

According to PUNCH, about 862 Nigerian-trained physicians were licensed in the UK between July 24, 2020, and September 21, 2021, and 8, 737 Nigerian-trained doctors are working in the UK.

Julian Ojebo, Vice-President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, predicted that the rate of migration will treble in the following weeks if doctors were not paid properly.

Between June 10, 2021, and September 20, 2021, the General Medical Council (GMC), the organization that licenses and maintains the official register of medical practitioners in the UK, licensed at least 353 Nigerian-trained physicians, according to the GMC's website.

Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, over 862 Nigerian-trained doctors were licensed in the UK between July 24, 2020, and September 21, 2021, according to the figures. In all, 8,737 Nigerian physicians are now practicing in the United Kingdom.

According to Ojebo, the number of physicians travelling to Saudi Arabia may be even higher than those migrating to the United Kingdom.

He expressed regret that the government had failed to address doctors' plight and meet their demands for ending 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 opened the eyes to the doctors that Nigeria does not 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.”

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