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Resourceful doctors

You may have seen this wonderful story - an account by British surgeon David Nott who saved a young boy's life in the Congo using operating instructions sent as a text message by Professor Meirion Thomas in London.

The difficult forequarter amputation showed tremendous resourcefulness and compassion, but I do have a challenging question.

It seems strange that we have many "third-world" doctors practicing in Britain while many native British doctors can't get jobs in their home country. I know this is not the reason that Dr Nott is working for Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), but I can't help wondering whether Africans wouldn't benefit from being treated by their compatriots who are working in Britain's NHS.

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