WHOLESALE RETURN OF DOCTORS, NURSES FROM OVERSEAS.

Staff Reporter

Government’s arms are wide open in welcoming the wholesale return of doctors and nurses from overseas.

So many health professionals are returning, it says, that mass repatriation is energising the labour supply.

Nobody knows the exact number of doctors and nurses that are returning – CM University’s professor Edward Adams is currently in charge of a study aimed at obtaining accurate figures.

However, empirical evidence suggests the numbers are increasing.

Canadian doctor Aubrey Scott, who is a member of the World Medical Congress, described the repatriation surge as “very significant”.

“Twenty-five percent of the workforce in the USA and Canada are international graduates and in Canada, we had as much as 25% of these graduates from South Africa,” he said.

“Today a more realistic figure would be 10%”

Some professionals are returning for more prestigious work opportunities, while junior doctors aren’t leaving anymore due to the abolition of compulsory community service and internship.

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