According to new data published in the Human Resources for Health journal, the international migration of doctors and nurses has contributed to the critical shortage and inequitable distribution of health workers in many developing countries, resulting in a situation where people living in the most deprived areas do not have access to health services.

Some countries have introduced voluntary Codes of Practice (COP) for the ethical recruitment of international health workers. These intend to restrict aggressive recruitment from countries experiencing shortages of their own and also to protect the rights of migrant workers and support them in their job.

IAHSA views this issue as a top priority in our long term care workforce strategy. We will continue to follow this issue very closely as it has a tremendous impact on the availability of workforce for ageing service providers.

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