UK Government Lists Ghana, Nigeria And Other Countries On Red List For Recruitment Of Nurses

UK Government Lists Ghana, Nigeria And Other Countries On Red List For Recruitment Of Nurses

  • Ghana has been included on the UK's "red list" along with 53 other nations because it does not meet some minimum requirements
  • This was outlined in the code of practice for the overseas hiring of health and social care employees in England
  • Only four countries qualified to be on the green list of the UK, and they include India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka

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Ghana has been put on a red list according to the code of practice for the international recruitment of health and social care personnel in England.

On the official governmental website of the United Kingdom, it was explained that being on the red list means that there will be no active recruitment from the affected countries into the UK.

The report further stated that this connotes the NHS trust is not working as part of a recruitment organisation or collaboration for the purpose of filling the role, and the advert was not actively targeted at the specific countries in the red list.

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Photo of Ghanaian nurse and foreign doctor
Ghana red-listed for recruitment in the UK Photo credit: Serhej Calka, DANIEL BUAH
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The countries affected by the UK's code of practice for hiring nurses

Ghana was listed alongside 54 other countries, most of which are African countries, including Nigeria, Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo and others.

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The UK government also added that the listed nations have a UHC Service Coverage Index that is lower than 50 and a density of doctors, nurses, and midwives that is lower than the worldwide median in a release on the NHS website.

Four countries, however, were put on the green list, meaning a lot of health personnel would be actively recruited from such nations. They are India, Malaysia, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Speaking to, a Ghanaian nurse who relocated to the United Kingdom in March 2023, said she succeeded despite the 'red-listing'.

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"The first time I heard of the list was in 2020, but since then, a lot of people I know were still successful. Although the process keeps getting more difficult and expensive, it is still possible, just like I did," she said anonymously.

Ghanaians react to news of country being put on UK's red list

Check out some of the comments social media users shared after seeing the report on Joy News' YouTube channel.

Francis Buoh said:

Wow are you surprised well, I'm not..hmm systematically mess me now ..there's an old Jamaican saying dance at home (Ghana)before you go dancing outside(Abroad) Respect is a 2-way agreement not just one-sided..

Elizabeth Obeng Pomaah mentioned:

We will put our health certificate down and use the shd certificate and then do Florence academy certificate for health and then go as carer, when we get there we will find our way out. Just don’t listen to the political talk

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Meanwhile, Samuel, a young guy who had studied nursing in Ghana, recently moved to the UK after spending less than a year trying to apply for jobs there.

The man, whose wife has already joined him, said that she is a midwife and is also going through the hiring procedure on Citi FM in Accra.

Samuel claims that it is not possible for him to return to Ghana with the purpose of settling down to work or live here, despite the fact that it has only been a little over a month since his arrival in the UK.

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