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India emerges as largest exporter of doctors, nurses to Europe


India has emerged as the largest exporter of doctors and nurses to European countries, a media report said today.

More than a third of National Health Service (NHS) doctors, some 35 per cent, in the UK alone were born abroad, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said.

“India and the Philippines were the largest exporters of doctors and nurses to OECD countries, by a ‘spectacular’ margin,” the Telegraph quoted the yet-to-be-published report as saying.

The UK is also among the most dependent on foreign nurses, the report said. In total, 21.7 per cent of nurses were born abroad, a sharp increase from a decade earlier when the figure was 15.2 per cent. Across the EU, only Luxembourg, Ireland and Estonia are more dependent on nurses from overseas.

The report also shows that the UK is the second highest exporter of medics, second only to Germany with 17,000 British doctors working abroad. 17,000 UK doctors now work in other European health systems, behind India, China and Germany.


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