Ninety-one new Nigerian-trained physicians have received licenses from the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom.
Our source learned that the 91 doctors were accredited over a period of 15 days, from October 10 to October 25, 2022.
There are currently 10,387 doctors in the UK who had their medical education in Nigeria.
Among the 10,387 medical professionals, there are 1,273 specialists, 1,837 general practitioners, 2,318 doctors-in-training, and 5,210 associate specialists.
The Nigerian Medical Association had been protesting the brain drain that was plaguing the healthcare industry when the 91 doctors were accredited.
Other categories of health professionals are migrating in addition to doctors.
According to reports, statistics also indicated that between January 1 and September 30, 2022, approximately 1,307 Nigerian-trained doctors obtained British medical licenses. This is concerning because Nigeria is still dealing with one of the worst cases of brain drain in its history.
However, the data does not include Nigerian doctors who earned their medical degrees from institutions outside of the nation.
While regretting the high rate of medical brain drain, the NMA stated that Nigeria may eventually import physicians.
Nigerian doctors are currently the third-largest foreign labor force in the United Kingdom after India and Pakistan.
When discussing the problem before, Dr. Victor Makanjuola, National President of the Medical and Dental Consultant Association of Nigeria, said, “In the last two years, over 500 consultants, in my judgment, have left the services of government institutions to practice abroad. The international standard for government hospitals is that they are all consultant-led organizations. In just two years, we have lost 500 people, and we have discovered that younger people are more inclined to depart.
“Nigeria needs to keep the older consultants who are in their 50s and approaching retirement so they may remain back and train the next generation of medical physicians and medical students in order to preserve the system,” generation of doctors and medical students.
“If we lost the younger and older generations at roughly the same time, the brain drain tragedy would be quadrupled, and the system would be devoid of consultants. This would have an impact on the level and caliber of medical care provided by hospitals.