Article ID: CBB013636303

Revisiting Post-war British Medical Migration: A Case Study of Bristol Medical Graduates in Australia (2018)

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Between 1954 and 1963, c. 4,000 British-trained doctors migrated to countries including Australia, Canada and the USA. Historians have positioned their motivations to migrate as either primarily ideological (opposition to ‘socialised medicine’) or economic (poor prospects within the NHS structure). Post-war British medical migrants are, however, understudied. This article adds to the growing body of literature on twentieth-century medical migration; it details the transnational lives of a group of Bristol doctors in Australia. Their medical lives are used as a case study to explore prospects in the NHS—particularly for GPs, contextualising these doctors’ decision to migrate. It continues by tracing the subsequent careers of this Bristol group in Australia. In doing so, it highlights the role of medical networks in understanding motivations to migrate, and the early readjustment of medical migrants. It also reveals the integral role British doctors played in alleviating GP shortages in rural Australia.

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Authors & Contributors
Numbers, Ronald L.
Stenhouse, John
Livingstone, David N.
Butcher, Barry W.
Zeller, Suzanne E.
Stephens, Lester D.
Journals
Health and History
Social History of Medicine
Pharmacy in History
Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences
Focus on Law Studies
Medical History
Publishers
Cambridge University Press
Ashgate
Princeton University Press
Johns Hopkins University Press
Geological Society
Rutgers University Press
Concepts
Medicine and economics
Public health
Health care
Physicians; doctors
Pharmaceutical industry
Labor and laborers
Time Periods
20th century, late
21st century
20th century
19th century
20th century, early
Places
United States
Canada
Australia
Great Britain
New Zealand
Ireland
Institutions
National Health Service (Great Britain)
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
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