Ghana: fines reduce health worker emigration

Very quickly, here’s a story from the BBC about how the government in Ghana is trying to “stem the so called ‘brain drain’ of health workers” out of the country: “Nurses face a fine if they want to work abroad before serving in a Ghanaian hospital for five years.”

Apparently, the strategy is working: “In 2004, 700 nurses notified the ministry before going to work in Britain. But that has dropped massively to just six nurses leaving to work in the UK last year, according to the government.”  (The article notes, however, that there are probably other factors also involved in the reduction.)

Problems still loom, however: “There is no practical way of preventing a nurse from quitting the profession altogether and with low morale amongst health workers, retaining staff is a major challenge for the government.”

I highly recommend reading the whole article, which provides a lot of insight into the various issues and problems associated with global health worker shortages and migration.  For more background, you can also check out two previous posts, here and here.

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~ by h.e.g. on July 13, 2008.

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