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Jordan brain drain leaving hospitals understaffed

18 August 2010

Jordanian health officials have said a trend of doctors leaving the country to practise elsewhere could leave the kingdom's public hospitals understaffed, Jordan Times has reported. According to the Jordan Medical Association (JMA), more than 200 physicians, a majority of whom used to work for the health ministry, have left the country since the beginning of the year in search of better employment opportunities. "They are overworked and underpaid, we cannot prevent them from looking for better opportunities," JMA spokesperson Bassem Kiswani told the daily.

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