Doctors Alert: Pakistan to Provide More Than 150,000 Health Professionals to UK to Boost Foreign Remittance

Recently, the AFCO-Private Limited, Pakistan, a Pakish Jobs Recruitment Agency, and MMC-Health Care Limited, UK, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

The contract will contribute to more than 150,000 jobs in the medical sector including 80 thousand to 10 thousand nurses, 25 thousand doctors, ten thousand pharmacists and 20 thousand UK affiliating paramedics.

These jobs are available for Pakistani medical professionals in the post-Brexit scenario. Following the MoU, an Overseas Job Creation Portal was inaugurated at the Punjab Governor’s House recently which would help ensure a proper mechanism by inviting Pakistani medical professionals to avail the opportunity.

Governor Punjab, Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar during the formal launch of this portal had said the recruitment of the doctors, nurses and paramedical staff would contribute to the sustainable socioeconomic development of both the countries, which would help increase the volume of the foreign remittances.

Punjab Governor assured to adopt General Practitioner (GP) system of the National Health Service (NHS) in UK and low-cost health care and subsidised medication to the remote area residents would be ensured.

Foreign remittance

According to a document of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, the highest recorded remittances in a month since May 2019, Overseas Pakistani workers remitted US$2.097 billion in December 2019 as compared to US$1.819 billion during November 2019. On month-to-month basis, the remittances increased by US$277.56 million in December, with a growth of 15.25 per cent, the document said.

Pakistan doctors working abroad

According to the available data of Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, more than 40,000 Pakistani doctors were working abroad until March last year including 18,000 Pakistani doctors in USA and around 6,000 in the UK and other European countries.

State Bank of Pakistan’s quarterly report showed that Pakistani migrant workers in the US sent home US$2.004 billion in July-January during fiscal year 2019, compared with US$1.504 billion in the same period of the previous year.

UK remained the second top-sending remittances to the country with a total of US$1.942, as compared with US$1.585 billion during 2018.

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