Summaries of contributions
Samuel dos Santos Ribeiro, Permanent Working Group of European Junior Doctor (PWG)
The PWG Executive Committee considers that special reference should be made on how Member States should act towards junior health professionals who have not yet attained a final senior post as an independent professional within the health-care system of their own country by applying the following amendments:
2.3 The code applies to all health workers, including all people engaged in actions in the public and private sectors whose primary intent is to enhance health, and covers those working on a temporary, locum or permanent basis. On the other hand, health professionals in training should be regarded with special care, as they are gathering expertise which will be applied later in their country of origin.
4.10 Add: Migration during health care training should be encouraged, as it contributes to the excellence of health care practice and promotes an exchange of expertise without affecting global health or causing a shortage in the health workforce. Agreements should be made between Member States to assure that health professionals can train freely.
Ministry of Health, Suriname
The Ministry greatly welcomes this initiative of the WHO. We are of the opinion that this code of practice could contribute to the management of the migration of health workers with the proper guidance and support of the WHO and other partners.
However, as is the case with all other WHO guidelines and codes, every State has the sovereign right to adopt these or not, so in our opinion they are already voluntary.
Therefore, we propose deleting “voluntary” in articles 1(a) and 2.1, because the way voluntary is used in these articles contradicts the whole objective and meaning of a “code of practice”.
We are also of the opinion that the problem of the migration of health workers can only be solved through joint collaboration of both sending and receiving States.