Nigeria has been placed on the red list of countries that should not be actively considered for recruitment by health and social care employers in the United Kingdom.
The World Health Organization (WHO) identified 55 nations, including Nigeria, as having the most critical health workforce concerns linked to Universal Health Coverage.
According to a UK Home Office analysis, Nigeria and other countries on the red list should not be seriously considered for recruitment by health and social care employers unless there is a government-to-government relationship.
It was taken from the UK government’s website and was captioned ‘Code of Practice for the International Recruitment of Health and Social Care Personnel in England.’
The procedure for country identification is described in the 10-year review that assesses the relevance and effectiveness of the WHO global code of practice for the international recruitment of health personnel.
“Consistent with the WHO Global Code of Practice principles and articles, and as explicitly requested by the WHO Global Code of Practice 10-year review, the listed countries should be prioritized for health personnel development and health system-related support, with safeguards in place to discourage active international recruitment of health personnel,” it stated.
“Countries on this list should not be highly intended for recruitment by health and social care employers, recruitment organizations, agencies, collaborations, or contracting bodies unless a government-to-government agreement is set up to allow managed recruitment carried out strictly in accordance with the terms of that agreement.”
“Countries on the WHO Health Workforce Support and Safeguards list are coded red.” If a partner country implements a government-to-government agreement which restricts recruitment organizations to the provisions of the agreement, the country is placed to the amber list.”
It stated that if a country was not on the red or amber list, it was considered green.
Kenya and Nepal are the only countries where international recruiting is only permitted in accordance with the rules of the government-to-government agreement.
It further said that active employee recruitment from green-graded countries is permissible when there is a government-to-government agreement in place with the UK for international health and care workforce recruitment.
“Green-graded countries that do not have a government-to-government agreement with the UK are not listed in the England code of practice.”
“The government-to-government agreement may establish parameters for how UK employers, contracting bodies, recruitment organizations, agencies, and collaborations recruit, which will be implemented by the country of origin.” Under the conditions of the government-to-government agreement, these organizations are encouraged to recruit.
“As new government-to-government agreements are made with the UK, the green country list will be updated. Prior to starting any recruiting drive, it is advised that employers, contractual bodies, recruitment organizations, agencies, and partnerships often review the list for revisions.
India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka were included as “green-graded countries” with “government-to-government agreements for managing international health and care workforce recruitment.”
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