Health workforce

Summaries of contributions



Konstanty Radziwill, Supreme Medical Council, Warsaw, Poland

I would like to propose the following amendments to the draft:

After article 4.1, add a new article: “During recruitment, proper information about conditions of employment rather than special attractions should be offered. Direct active recruitment should be avoided.”

In article 5.2 suggest the third sentence should read as follows: “Such measures may include the provision of reimbursement of costs of health professional education, targeted technical and developmental assistance, access to specialized training, technology and skills transfers, and support of return migration, whether temporary or permanent.”


The Nurses’ Association of Thailand (NAT)

Note: NAT provided helpful comments on each article, all of which will be duly considered as draft moves to revision. Below are selected highlights of NAT’s comments.

Overall: The code emphasizes protection of the rights of migrant health workers and seems to promote international migration. Constructive measures to mitigate the negative impact to source countries should be more emphasized.

Article 3: Source countries should have appropriate measures to ensure that their health personnel adequately contribute to their country before they migrate. Member States should have appropriate measures to improve the working conditions of health personnel in order to maintain them in their country.

Article 4: Recruiters should be accredited by an authorized body from source countries.

Article 6: Recipient countries should produce adequate numbers of health personnel to serve needs in their own countries.

Article 8: Information exchange should aim for sharing the problem solving strategies among countries. WHO should take responsibility as the database centre to ensure that there is no intention to misuse the data/information for the benefits of the recruiters/demanded countries.

Article 9: The role of recruiters and employers to follow and implement this code should be more emphasized.

Article 10: Add WHO’s role in item 10.3. WHO should facilitate bilateral or multilateral agreements among source and recipient countries.


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10 October 2014 13:25 CEST