The brain drain is an ongoing phenomenon in Britain.
There are already a host of schools of death.
As one young woman from Sheffield told me, “I’m not here to be educated, I’m here to die.”
This is the story of how one young man has survived the brain drain to the UK to live in a city that has turned his dreams of becoming a doctor into reality.
Here’s the story, in chronological order.
The ‘Brain Drain’ of Sheffield The brain drains are a phenomenon which have become increasingly common over the past few decades.
A study published in 2015 found that the number of doctors and nurses in Sheffield, England, had increased by around 50 per cent since 1990.
“I would have been at my wits’ end to try and stay in Sheffield,” the doctor who was part of the study told me.
“There were too many people coming in, and they were all the same.”
Professor Richard Denton, a researcher at Sheffield University, said that in recent years, the numbers of doctors, nurses and students had increased and, therefore, the number needed to be increased.
He said that the current situation was “totally unsustainable”.
He also pointed out that there were “real shortages” in both staff and funding.
“I’ve never seen any shortage of doctors in Sheffield.
It’s absolutely clear there’s a demand,” he said.
Dr. Paul Walker, a lecturer in psychiatry at the University of Sheffield, said there was a “brain drain” from the area of Sheffield where he was based.
Walker said that when the city began to lose its medical doctors in the 1980s and 1990s, “there were a lot of people coming into the area from England”.
“The number of people in Sheffield who have a degree is probably 10 to 20 times higher than what it was in the 1970s,” he told me in 2015.
But the brain-drain phenomenon, which is now seen in the UK as a threat to the health of the country, has had a disastrous impact on Sheffield.
A recent study published by the University’s Department of Health found that around one in three of the city’s doctors, and roughly one in six of its nurses, were from outside of the UK.
In 2014, there were more than 2,500 people working in Sheffield’s hospitals, which were almost a third of the total number of hospitals in the city.
There is also evidence that the ‘brain-dilets’ have a negative impact on the city as a whole.
The University of Oxford’s Professor Chris Porter said that “there are huge problems” with Sheffield’s mental health services and that “these are the problems that you’d expect to have if you have a brain drain”.
The city’s population has also been steadily decreasing, which has led to “a decline in the number and quality of mental health and substance abuse services”, according to the report.
Porter also noted that there was “significant social isolation” in Sheffield as people struggled to find jobs in a “very challenging economy”.
In 2017, the Sheffield Social Mobility Index ranked the city 27th out of 30 cities, with only the capital, London, coming in higher.
For the first time in its history, the city was rated as having a very low social mobility.
So why has the city struggled to attract the kind of talent it needs to stay relevant?
Professor Porter pointed to the city being the “first-choice” place to do research in the country.
And, of course, there is the problem of people from abroad.
According to Porter, there are around 400,000 migrants from outside the UK working in the City of Sheffield.
According to the Sheffield Council, there have been 1,000 to 1,500 cases of people with mental health issues being admitted to hospital in the past five years.
As such, the City has been criticised for its “dysfunctional mental health system”.
A 2015 study published on the Sheffield Mental Health Network’s website said that there had been “a significant drop in quality and quantity of NHS services for people with severe mental illness” in the last decade.
Furthermore, there was also evidence of “unable to keep up with the demands of the NHS”, with the number having “dropped by over 60 per cent”.
And yet, it is the NHS, which the city is relying on, which suffers.
What’s the solution?
Dr Walker said that, if there was to be a change in the way the city functions, there needed to always be an alternative.
First, the Government must ensure that “we have a clear plan for the future”, he said, “not just a ‘do it now, don’t look back’.” The council, he added, must also focus on providing “support for young people who are not in full-time education