On a list of 54 nations, Ghana is one that employers in the health and social care industries should avoid actively recruiting from.
The UK government made this declaration in its updated code of practice for hiring health and social care professionals from abroad, which was made public on the NHS Employers website.
When actively seeking health or social care personnel, the Code of Conduct for International Recruiting states that some developing nations including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, and Cote d’Ivoire shouldn’t be sought.
According to a press release on the NHS website, the countries on the list have a UHC Service Coverage Index below 50 and a density of doctors, nurses, and midwives that is lower than the average for the world (48.6 per 10,000 population).
The list, however, has no effect on an individual health and social care worker applying on their own initiative and without being targeted by a third party, such as a recruitment agency or employer, to a health and social care employer for employment in the UK (known as a direct application).
The remaining nations are Timor-Leste, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tuvalu, Uganda, Vanuatu, Republic of Yemen, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, United Republic of Tanzania, and Rwanda.