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Tula Brannelly, Lizzie Ward, and Nicki Ward

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316510

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316510.001.0001

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Care for carers: care in the context of medical migration

Care for carers: care in the context of medical migration

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Ethics of Care

Teodora Manea

Policy Press

This chapter highlights a number of tensions about medical migration and care in the context of interdependence of care giving and receiving in a broad socio-cultural context. It draws on a study focused on Romanian doctors working in the United Kingdom. Migrant doctors may be regarded as privileged in comparison to the conditions of migration for other groups, but this chapter highlights a special type of vulnerability doctors face by working in a different social context, with patients who have different cultural backgrounds and expectations. The purpose of highlighting vulnerability is to emphasise the need for care by those who are care-givers, and whose care needs may not always be recognized or acknowledged. It identifies the particular needs of care for migrant doctors and demonstrates professional, personal and socio-cultural vulnerability. It challenges the idea of ‘individual autonomy’ for the decision to emigrate, the current healthcare market, and the concept of a caring society. The analysis is based on an empirical study that included ten in-depth interviews with migrant Romanian doctors, as well as participant observation with five doctors’ families, and media analysis of 20 testimonies of migrant doctors.

Keywords:   migration, doctors, vulnerability, autonomy, family, cultural adaptation

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