Recession forces Sudan junior medics to emigrate

Published:  5 Jun at 6 PM
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The economic downturn in Europe is causing junior doctors to leave in a scenario similar to that occurring in several developing countries.

The Sudanese Medical Association UK and Ireland announced that Irish foreign national doctors were emigrating from this country.
Speaking before the Association's first meeting to be held in Ireland, Vice President Dr Mohamed Ahmed stated that the topic was not only relevant to Sudan or other developing nations, but it was also relevant for Ireland.

He said that strong evidence suggested that the recession had implications on junior doctors' training funds, pointing to the reverse migration pattern from Ireland, similar to what continues to occur in third world nations.

Dr Ahmed said there was a very important lesson that Irish health policy makers can learn from the Sudanese story. Presently, there are over 450 Sudanese medics practising in Ireland’s health services, as the number is going up. In the year 2000, there were less than 80 Sudanese medics in Ireland.

But over the past ten years, rising numbers of Sudanese medics have been arriving in Ireland for post-graduate training as well as long-term employment.
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