Health sector set to leak more workers abroad

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Up to 800 doctors, nurses and dentists were among those seeking official job references in the first half of 2016, which may indicate an intention to travel abroad to work, reports online news source hvg.hu. However, pro-government daily Magyar Idők says the rate of departure has slowed in recent years. 

Some 419 doctors, 259 specialized healthcare workers, 108 dentists and 23 pharmacists sought job references from the authorities in the first half of the year, according to the freshest data of the Health Registration and Training Center (ENKK).

Those references are essential for health workers who want their certification recognized by another country.

Without citing specific data, Magyar Idők observed Wednesday that the rate of migration of healthcare workers has decelerated in recent years, a process it argues may be slowed further by the introduction of significant wage increases for doctors, nurses and pharmacists expected in several stages from the fall. 

Magyar Idők notes that doctors who take on only 2–3 days work a week in the U.K., for example, earn twice or three times as much monthly than they would here at home. The report cites the U.K., Germany and Sweden as favored destinations for doctors seeking work abroad, while the list is similar for other healthcare workers, except that Ireland offers more opportunities than Sweden.

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