Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Recruitment Is Harming Poor Countries' Fight against HIV/AIDS

Magazine article Public Finance

NHS Recruitment Is Harming Poor Countries' Fight against HIV/AIDS

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National Health Service recruitment of medical staff from developing countries threatens the Third World's ability to tackle the HIV/Aids crisis, MPs have warned.

In a report on April 6, the Commons Public Accounts Committee says: Arrangements to prevent active recruitment of skilled health workers from developing countries, without the agreement of those countries, should be tightened.'

This recruitment is supposedly governed by a Department of Health code of conduct, but this is 'not well monitored' and does not apply to workers recruited via private firms. The MPs say the government should make the code effective and explore extending it to indirect recruitment.

Their report looks at the Department for International Developments HIV/Aids work, on which it spent £270m in 2003/04. …

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