With 4,722 Nigerian-trained nurses and midwives, the country tops the list of United Kingdom’s newly registered medics over the last five, according to Data from British National Health Service, NHS, Digital.

According to the data published, one in three doctors and nurses, who
joined the NHS in England, last year, were recruited from overseas, raising concerns the health service is becoming over-reliant on foreign recruits.

According to an analysis, data from NHS Digital shows the share of healthcare staff recruited from overseas almost doubled between 2014
and 2021.

A breakdown showed that Nigeria was only surpassed by India and the
Philippines with 21,357 and 17,825 nurses and midwives, respectively.