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UK Red Listing Directive Is Much Ado About Nothing – David Tenkorang to Ghanaian Nurses

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UK Red Listing Directive Is Much Ado About Nothing - David Tenkorang to Ghanaian Nurses

According to David Tenkorang, general secretary of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association, the WHO and UK’s red listing of Ghana in relation to the recruitment of health personnel would not stop the continued brain drain.

He asserts that despite being on the red list, the UK and other affluent nations have continued to hire health professionals from Ghana and other nations on the list and that this trend is unlikely to reverse itself any time soon.

“The directive is much ado about nothing. The WHO came out with a global code of practice on the international recruitment of health personnel. The UK and most of these countries have virtually ignored that thing. It doesn’t stop individuals from applying directly to health centres or hospitals in the UK to go and work. And currently, that is what is ongoing. So it doesn’t solve any problem,” he stated.

He made this statement in response to Ghana being listed as one of the 54 nations that British firms in the health and social care sector should not aggressively seek to hire from.


The UK government released the information in its updated code of conduct for the hiring of foreign nationals in the health and social care fields in England.

When actively seeking out health or care specialists, the code advises that certain underdeveloped nations like Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, and Nigeria shouldn’t be the focus.

The UK government said in a press release on the NHS website that the listed nations had a UHC Service Coverage Index below 50 and a density of physicians, nurses, and midwives that is lower than the global median (48.6 per 10,000 people).

The list will be updated together with progress reports on the implementation of the WHO Global Code, which the UK government noted and published to the World Health Assembly every three years. It is based on the World Health Organization (WHO) Workforce Support and Safeguard List, 2023.

David Tenkorang responded to the remark by noting that while the instruction won’t fix the issue, it is the responsibility of the government to make nursing jobs in the nation appealing to nurses in order to keep them from leaving.

“What will solve the problem is very simple and I’ve made it clear to the government that they need to look at ways and means that they can be intentional about retaining the people, providing better condition of service in Ghana,” he suggested.

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