A demented government? Medical Staff migration: a map and a bar graph could shame a government to action…

The BMA and the RCN need to get together to show the annual movement and migration of staff in the Regional Health Services. The UNA-UK (United Nations Association – UK) publishes a quarterly magazine and on 29th June: Nikola Sander & Ramon Bauer on visualising the global migration system.

A similar graphic for doctors and nurses, and a bar graph of how many are working in the UK at any one time, would give an indication of whether manpower planning is getting to grips with the problem, and could shame the governments to action. The UK has 11:1 applicants for Medical School, and more for Nursing, and yet we are importing a majority, and exporting many of the UK graduates…. On the other hand, like a demented patient with loss of “consciousness”, shame seems to be absent from politicians, in the same way that emotion is missing in dementia.


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About Roger Burns - retired GP

I am a retired GP and medical educator. I have supported patient participation throughout my career, and my practice, St Thomas; Surgery, has had a longstanding and active Patient Participation Group (PPG). I support the idea of Community Health Councils, although I feel they should be funded at arms length from government. I have taught GP trainees for 30 years, and been a Programme Director for GP training in Pembrokeshire 20 years. I served on the Pembrokeshire LHG and LHB for a total of 10 years. I completed an MBA in 1996, and I along with most others, never had an exit interview from any job in the NHS! I completed an MBA in 1996, and was a runner up for the Adam Smith prize for economy and efficiency in government in that year. This was owing to a suggestion (St Thomas' Mutual) that practices had incentives for saving by being allowed to buy rationed out services in the following year.

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