The United Kingdom has placed Nigeria on its red list of countries that should not be actively targeted for recruitment by health and social care employers.
This move follows the World Health Organisation’s recent listing of Nigeria among 55 countries facing the most pressing health workforce challenges related to Universal Health Coverage.
The UK government has stated that countries on the red list, including Nigeria, should not be actively targeted for recruitment unless there is a government-to-government agreement in place.
According to the information obtained from the website of the UK government titled “Code of Practice for the international recruitment of Health and social care personnel in England” lists Kenya and Nepal as amber countries where recruitment is only permitted in compliance with the terms of a government-to-government agreement.
Meanwhile, green-graded countries, including India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka, are permitted for recruitment from the UK with a government-to-government agreement in place.