A review of research and policy documents
on the international migration of physicians
and nurses

by Hannah Bradby

Working Papers WP 13-07
April 2013
ISSN 2192-2357 (MMG Working Papers Print)

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The international migration of skilled medical professionals has been documented as a ‘manpower’ issue for health service planning since the 1960s. This paper charts the way that the international travel of medical professionals, primarily physicians and nurses, has been understood and how its construction as a problematic or a positive feature of global migration has varied. Sketching out this literature is a prelude to further analysis that will interrogate the terms of the documentation, its translation into and consequences for public discourse concerning global equality and ethics.

After taking degrees from the Universities of Oxford, Glasgow and London, Hannah Bradby has been appointed to lectureships in the Universities of Warwick and Uppsala and fellowships at the University of Essex and the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen. She edits the journal ‘Ethnicity and Health’, her latest book is Medicine, Health and Society: A Critical Sociology. (2012, Sage) and her most recent paper appeared in ‘Social Science and Medicine’.