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Table 3 Stock of doctors and nurses in Ghana, South Africa and Zimbabwe and yearly registration in the United Kingdom

From: Developing evidence-based ethical policies on the migration of health workers: conceptual and practical challenges

Country Ghana South Africa Zimbabwe
Doctors/pop (000,000) 6.2 56.3 13.9
Doctors stock 1,220 22,464 1,1603
Annual doctor registration in UK 14 454 12
Ratio: annual doctor registration / doctors stock 1.1% 2.0% 0.7%
Nurses / pop (000,000) 72 471.8 128.7
Nurses stock 14,168 188,249 14,838
Annual nurse registration in UK 140 1086 382
Ratio: annual nurses registration / nurses stock 1.0% 0.6% 2.6%
  1. Source: WHO, HRH data base, 1998; (last accessed 26/11/02). General Medical Council UK; Personal Communication, General Medical Council: United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting