Doctors Exodus: Over 7,875 Nigerian Doctors Work In UK
The United Kingdom’s (UK) General Medical Council (GMC), which is the government body that maintains the official record of medical practitioners has revealed that no fewer than 7 , 875 Nigerian doctors are currently practising in the United Kingdom.
This was revealed on the council’s official website which showed an increase in the numbers of trained Nigerian Doctors from 7,870 to 7,875 in less than a week.
The statistics on the website also revealed that, Nigeria is the African country with the highest number of doctors in the UK. Egypt comes second with 7 , 034 registered doctors in the UK , while South Africa has the third highest African representation with 5 , 166.
Currently , there are 74 , 543 doctors registered with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria . With 7 , 875 of these doctors practising in the UK , it means 10 . 5 per cent of doctors registered to practise in Nigeria are in the UK alone .
Also, Statistics from the World Health Organisation show that Nigeria currently has a shortage of medical doctors with a physician – to – patient ratio of four doctors to 10 , 000 patients. In the US , the ratio is 26 doctors per 10 , 000 people and 28 in the UK .
These revelations have generated reactions from the Nigeria Labour Congress , the Nigerian Medical Association and the National Association of Resident Doctors.
The NMA described the ongoing migration of medical doctors as “ second peak of doctors ’ mass exodus ” after the mass departure of medical practitioners from the country in 1990 s.
While NLC on its part, expressed concern about the poor health sector and doctors ’ exodus , saying the nation was in trouble .
Recall that earlier in the month , 58 UK – bound medical doctors were stopped at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport , Lagos by the Nigeria Immigration Service because they didn ’ t have visas .