Ask the UK government why it failed to act

UK failure to support health workers

The world’s largest event dedicated to addressing the global shortage of health workers recently concluded in Brazil.  The World Health Organisation estimates that by 2035 the shortage of health workers will have reached 12.9 million, with devastating consequences for the health of the world’s poorest people.

Over 50 countries made a clear commitment to act. The UK was not one of them. DfID minister, Lynne Featherstone, at an event organised by Action for Global Health and Health Poverty Action‘s Health Workers for All project prior to the meeting in Brazil had intimated that the UK government would be prepared to make a commitment.

This failure to act ignores the damage done to the health systems of poor countries by the drain of trained health workers to the UK’s health system. It is time for the UK to acknowledge its debt to poor countries; recognise the part it has played in creating a shortage of health workers in the Global South; and outline how it intends to compensate the health systems of poor countries.

Please contact your MP, asking them to raise this issue with Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development and Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health.