The Egyptian Medical Syndicate has warned that the continued resignation of thousands of doctors from the government health sector, which has been suffering from low services and wages for decades, may lead to the collapse of the medical system in the country.
Eleven thousand five hundred thirty-six doctors resigned from government work between 2019 and the first quarter of 2022. The syndicate said doctors are increasingly reluctant to work in the government sector to emigrate outside Egypt. Doctors’ salaries in Egypt are much lower than those of their colleagues in Serbia, Somalia, Sweden, Malaysia, Turkey, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
In October, The UK government issued a report on the state of medical education and practice in the country, which mentioned that the number of Egyptian doctors immigrating to the UK increased by 202%. The report said that 435 Egyptian doctors immigrated to the UK in 2017, and the number increased in 2018 to 756. Then it increased again to 1,301 in 2019. In 2020, it decreased to 1,220, only to increase to 1,312 in 2021.
Egypt comes after Jordan and Sudan in the number of doctors immigrating to the UK from the Middle East. The number of doctors in the UK increased between 2017 and 2021 by 17%. The Egyptian Medical Syndicate warned in April of the increasing efforts of doctors to migrate outside the country due to poor working conditions. The number of Egyptian doctors until the end of 2018 was estimated at 212,835, of whom only 82,000 work in Egypt. Therefore, there are 8.6% of doctors for every 10,000 people in Egypt.