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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 127-132

The economics of healthcare personnel shortage on the healthcare delivery services in the United Kingdom versus the Gulf Cooperation Council

1 Department of Cardiology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester, UK
2 Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Benha University, Banha, Egypt
3 Department of Cardiology, Wexford General Hospital, Wexford, Ireland
4 Hamad Medical Corporation; Department of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine University, Education City, Qatar

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Narendra Kumar
Department of Cardiology, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/sjhs.sjhs_169_19

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Most nations face a range of medical workforce challenges with questions over not only how to overcome public demand for healthcare and maintain a sufficient number of general practitioners but also how to fill shortages in particular hospital specialties and ensure an even distribution of doctors across the population. For both the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and United Kingdom (UK), considering the growth in healthcare expenditure, growing hospital beds, and increasing population burdened by the aging population, the craving for more healthcare professionals can only worsen in the coming future. There is a lack of scientific data comparing the economic aspects of shortage of healthcare professionals in the GCC and UK. These geographically apart regions share a common problem, due to similar etiologies behind them, and both countries are coming closer together on various academic and nonacademic platforms to combat this situation together. We aim to identify various practice methods, decipher the complexities of the healthcare industry of respective local regions in relation to the availability of professionals in their respective economies. There are several recommendations and solutions to bring together the best global practices in each other's jurisdictions to solve the shortage of healthcare professionals.

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