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The active recruitment of health workers: a defence

The active recruitment of health workers: a defence Many organisations in rich countries actively recruit health workers from poor countries. Critics object to this recruitment on the grounds that it has harmful consequences and that it encourages health workers to violate obligations to their compatriots. Against these critics, I argue that the active recruitment of health workers from low-income countries is morally permissible. The available evidence suggests that the emigration of health workers does not in general have harmful effects on health outcomes. In addition, health workers can immigrate to rich countries and also satisfy their obligations to their compatriots. It is consequently unjustified to blame or sanction organisations that actively recruit health workers. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Medical Ethics British Medical Journal

The active recruitment of health workers: a defence

Journal of Medical Ethics , Volume 39 (10) – Oct 30, 2013

The active recruitment of health workers: a defence

Journal of Medical Ethics , Volume 39 (10) – Oct 30, 2013

Abstract


Many organisations in rich countries actively recruit health workers from poor countries. Critics object to this recruitment on the grounds that it has harmful consequences and that it encourages health workers to violate obligations to their compatriots. Against these critics, I argue that the active recruitment of health workers from low-income countries is morally permissible. The available evidence suggests that the emigration of health workers does not in general have harmful effects on health outcomes. In addition, health workers can immigrate to rich countries and also satisfy their obligations to their compatriots. It is consequently unjustified to blame or sanction organisations that actively recruit health workers.

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British Medical Journal
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ISSN
0306-6800
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1473-4257
DOI
10.1136/medethics-2012-100927
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Abstract

Many organisations in rich countries actively recruit health workers from poor countries. Critics object to this recruitment on the grounds that it has harmful consequences and that it encourages health workers to violate obligations to their compatriots. Against these critics, I argue that the active recruitment of health workers from low-income countries is morally permissible. The available evidence suggests that the emigration of health workers does not in general have harmful effects on health outcomes. In addition, health workers can immigrate to rich countries and also satisfy their obligations to their compatriots. It is consequently unjustified to blame or sanction organisations that actively recruit health workers.

Journal

Journal of Medical EthicsBritish Medical Journal

Published: Oct 30, 2013

Keywords: Health Personnel Health Workforce International Migration of Health Professionals International Affairs Rights

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