Health Services: Overseas Aid

Health written question – answered on 15th July 2008.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps his Department is considering for implementing the March 2008 Global Health Workforce Alliance Kampala Declaration and Agenda for Global Action; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Dawn Primarolo Dawn Primarolo Minister of State (Department of Health) (Public Health)

Health is Global: a United Kingdom Government-wide strategy will be published in the autumn. In it, we highlight the work of the Global Health Workforce Alliance and the Kampala Declaration.

Across Government, we will work with the Global Health Workforce Alliance and other partners for a comprehensive and coherent approach to tackling the global human resources for health crisis. The Government provides effective development assistance, is ensuring the national health service is increasingly self-sufficiency, and promulgates fair polices and codes of conducts for health worker migration in the UK and the rest of the world.

The Department has a responsibility in all three areas, all of which are key components of the Kampala declaration. First, we have worked with the NHS and others to make sure that the NHS is now much more self sufficient than previously. Second, the Government's response to Lord Crisp's report highlights how the Department will work with the NHS and others to support effective development assistance. Finally we have a code of conduct in the UK that ensures the NHS does not recruit from countries where we provide development assistance (unless there are specific agreements in place between the two governments). We are working with the Global Health Workforce Alliance on the development of a global code of conduct.

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