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.