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Nigerian-trained nurses top list of foreign medics working in UK with 4,722

By Chukwuma Muanya
08 August 2022   |   3:00 am
With 4,722 Nigerian-trained nurses and midwives, the country tops the list of United Kingdom’s (UK) newly registered medics over the last five, according to Data from British National Health Service

[FILES] A registered nurse stirs a nasal swab in testing solution. (Photo by MARIO TAMA / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)

With 4,722 Nigerian-trained nurses and midwives, the country tops the list of United Kingdom’s (UK) newly registered medics over the last five, according to Data from British National Health Service (NHS) Digital.

According to the data published, yesterday, by Daily Mail UK online, one in three doctors and nurses, who joined the NHS in England, last year, were recruited from overseas, raising concerns the health service is becoming over-reliant on foreign recruits.

According to an analysis by the BBC, data from NHS Digital shows the share of healthcare staff recruited from overseas almost doubled between 2014 and 2021.

A breakdown showed that Nigeria was only surpassed by India and the Philippines with 21,357 and 17,825 nurses and midwives, respectively.

Nigeria, also the highest ranked African country, is distantly followed by Zimbabwe (1,633), Ghana (1,333), Australia (774), Italy (764), Republic of Ireland (748), Romania (663), Kenya (641), Jamaica (498), Portugal (482), Nepal (451), United States (432), Spain (371), UAE (298), Guyana (264), Saudi Arabia (246), Greece (231) and Trinidad & Tobago (192).

According to the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), there are over 250,000 registered nursing and midwifery professionals across Nigeria.

The analysis found that 34 per cent of doctors who joined the health service in 2021 came from overseas, with India, Pakistan, and Nigeria the most popular countries.

This is almost double the proportion of overseas recruits in 2015 when the figure was just 18 per cent. The government, however, played down the rise, saying foreign recruitment has always been part of its workforce strategy.

In total, 39,558 UK-trained doctors and nurses joined the NHS in 2020-21. That is about 3,200 more than in 2014 and 15.

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