Angry Doctor

Saturday, April 08, 2006

World Health Day 2006

7th April was World Health Day.

This year, WHO's
World Health Report focuses on shortage of healthcare workers, in particular in Developing Countries.
The Report touches on several interesting topics.
Chapter 5 of the Report discusses 'Managing Exits from the Workforce' and the issue of migration of healthcare workers and how nations cope with this phenomenon.
Chapter 6 discusses the erosion of trust in healthcare workers, and how this trust can be regained.
Makes for good weekend reading...


  • angrydr, ur posts are getting less angsty n less about stupid patients leh..

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At April 08, 2006 9:57 pm  

  • An issue we struggle with down here in Oz. If we recruit a doctor from a very poor country, costing hundreds of thousands to train, is this ethically justifiable ? We have a doctor shortage in most specialties, here, and this is the current government solution.

    As well, "foreign trained doctors" get exploited by our govt, conscripted into isolated jobs and so forth, irregardless of their level of expertise.

    Our system is entirely dependent on conscripting "foreign" docs into inappropriately junior and remote positions. Is this a problem in Singapore ?

    By Blogger Dr Dork, At April 12, 2006 2:48 pm  

  • Dr Dork,

    We do recruit a sizeable number of foreign doctors, some of whom are 'fellows' on a short-term posting, and some of whom are here on longer contracts. Oftentimes they are given a post one level below their 'native' post, and they are paid less than local doctors even taking into account the housing allowance.

    By Blogger angry doc, At April 17, 2006 10:50 am  

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