One should not “blame” doctors for leaving their country of origin and migrate to the more “rich” countries. Of course money is not the only reason and would be good to have a global study on this on a HIFA platform. Last week a female doctor was attacked in one of the public hospitals in Jordan (which has become a phenomena). The attackers were relatives of the patient. The female doctor posted a message on social media explaining what happened (from her point of view) and begging for help. One comment from another lady doctor from Jordan who migrated to USA posted a message on the same social medial platform saying “come to us where better life and protection” i.e. submit application for migration. The issue of health workforce migration was discussed at the World Health Assembly few years back. There are a number of factors pushing doctors and nurses to migrate but there are much more and stronger pulling factors influencing this. Rich countries do encourage good doctors and nurses to leave there countries. This keeps the developing countries developing for ever. It is much more cost effective to have ready-made doctors and nurses to work in the rich countries. Rich countries try to make doctors believe that English is the medium of communication in health. Developed countries do nothing to help developing countries to keep their doctors and nurses. Then we complain that the ratio of doctors and nurses to population is very low in developing countries and these countries don’t have good medical services.
Najeeb Al-Shorbaji, PhD, FIAHSI
President of the eHealth Development Association of Jordan,
Independent Consultant in Knowledge Management and eHealth,
P.O. Box 542006
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HIFA profile: Najeeb Al-Shorbaji recently retired from the World Health Organization (WHO), where he has worked since 1988 in different capacities. He was most recently Director of the Knowledge, Ethics and Research Department at WHO headquarters, Geneva. Previously he was Coordinator for Knowledge Management and Sharing in EMRO (Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office), Egypt. He is a member of a number of national and international professional societies and associations specialised in information management and health informatics. He has authored over 100 research papers and articles presented in various conferences and published in professional journals. He is a member of the HIFA Steering Group. http://www.hifa.org/support/members/najeeb Email: shorbajin AT gmail.com