MIGRATION OF DOCTORS WORRIES PACIFIC HEALTH OFFICIALS

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NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (August 10, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tuqiri)---Health officials throughout the Pacific are concerned about the increasing number of Pacific Islands region doctors who migrate to foreign countries, particularly in North America and Asia..

The issue was discussed at a recent meeting of health directors from the Pacific region held in Tonga.

Organized by the South Pacific Community, the meeting noted that the shortage of doctors in hospitals throughout the Pacific has affected the quality of local health services.

The meeting heard that, following specialist training, better pay conditions often lured doctors away from their Pacific Island countries.

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