Sierra Leone struggling in fight against Ebola because so many doctors and nurses have left to find jobs in Britain, report claims

Sierra Leone is struggling in its fight against Ebola because so many medics have left for jobs in Britain, it has been claimed, amid reports the country’s health centres are overflowing with victims.

The exodus of doctors and nurses to the UK and other wealthy countries left the West African state ‘woefully short’ of trained medical staff when the deadly virus struck, MPs have said.

It comes as the death toll from the epidemic increased to 6,915 out of 18,603 cases and as Sierra Leone authorities launched a fresh operation to contain the virus.

The Commons International Development Committee has said that a high proportion of the health professionals trained in Sierra Leone were now working in Britain.

The committee criticised the Department for International Development (Dfid) for initially underestimating the scale of the Ebola crisis and warned that the World Health Organisation’s systems for dealing with such emergencies were ‘dangerously inadequate’…