No fewer than 150 Nigerian doctors interested in practicing in the United Kingdom are currently waiting to take the clinical examination, the result of which will decide their eligibility to practice in the UK.
It was further gathered that the coronavirus pandemic delayed the examination usually conducted by the General Medical Council.
The council is responsible for granting licenses to medical doctors in the UK.
no fewer than 8,384 Nigerian medical doctors were practicing in the UK as of June 9, 2021.
But the council’s Senior Media Officer, Miranda Newey, in an e-mail sent to our correspondent, said the figure of Nigerian doctors in the UK would have increased if not for the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the National President of the National Association of Resident Doctors, Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, has called on the Federal Government to quickly address the issue of brain drain in the country.
Okhuaihesuyi made the call in an interview with newsmen.
He said, “It is normal for us to experience brain drain and I don’t blame the doctors migrating. Look at those of us who have chosen to stay behind. The only way the Federal Government can address this is if it attends to the demands of doctors.
Checks revealed that the average number of Nigeria-trained doctors in the UK rose from an average of 1.3 per day between July and December 2020, to 3.3 per day in April and May 2021.
Between June 7 and June 8, 2020 – a space of 24 hours – about seven Nigeria- trained doctors were licensed by the UK.
Nigeria has the third-highest number of foreign doctors working in the UK after India and Pakistan.
This is as Nigeria suffers a shortage of doctors.