Blair plunders Africa
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Ultimately responsible for this disreputable policy is the Prime Minister, Anthony Blair, who hypocritically stalks Africa as if he were its saviour rather than its nemesis. And all the time he smirks his way around the continent like some latter-day Santa Claus.
Mind you, Blair has a custom of pleading ignorance when confronted with uncomfortable areas of policy.
The following article has been submitted by the charity Save the Children. It is worth reading but before doing so, do remember that Blair's unscrupulous policy does not stop at Africa, it includes many other parts of the developing world including Asia and the poorer parts of eastern Europe.
David Roberts (Editor)
props up UK National Health Service
briefing published today by Save the Children highlights the subsidy
paid by the poorest countries in
and Doctors from across the developing world are migrating to the
This is contributing to the collapse of health systems particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where the escalating HIV/Aids crisis, high rates of child mortality, malnutrition, disease and other symptoms of poverty further blight the continent.
the Children Director General Mike Aaronson said:
African countries suffer severe poverty and have limited funds available
for basic services like education and health. It is vulnerable children
who suffer disproportionately when these services are failing. It is
shameful that many poor countries are spending millions of pounds
training nurses and doctors to prop up the UK's National Health Service.
research concentrates on
is estimated that the UK has saved £65 million in training costs by
recruiting nurses and doctors trained in Ghana and the services
delivered by Ghanaian nurses and doctors in the UK are valued at £39
million per year.
UK Government has attempted to address the problem by implementing a
code of practice for the NHS barring it from actively recruiting staff
in developing countries.
the code of practice does not, nor should it, prevent health
professionals from volunteering to work in the
the Children demands that the UK Government financially compensates poor
countries who lose staff to the NHS.
UK government should pay a fair price to countries which supply vitally
needed health staff to the NHS. It is vital that this compensation is in
addition to existing aid to developing countries.
the Children believes that addressing the issue of collapsing health
systems, of which the brain drain is a significant factor, is a vital
step to make child poverty history.
with the UK holding the chair of the G8 and the presidency of the
European Union is a historic opportunity for the UK to lead the way in
creating real and lasting change for children across the world. 2005 can
be the year in which we make child poverty history.
more information please contact
the Children Press Office: 020 7012 6403
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attached briefing draws on research funded by Save the Children, the
British Medical Association (BMA) and Medact (an international health
charity). The recommendations are those of Save the Children UK and