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Foreign trained doctors, medical council brawl in court today

Foreign trained doctors, medical council brawl in court today

Foreign trained doctors, medical council brawl in court today
Fighting back: Doctors in court following evaluation exams. _Photo: Contributed

Eba Kandovazu

OVER two hundred foreign trained medical doctors will gather at the high court this morning for a case management appearance in a lawsuit matter against the medical council and the dental council of Namibia.

They will further be applying for a joinder application to allow other medical graduates to join the case in which they are seeking to stop a pre-internship evaluation of their knowledge and skills.

The test was initially scheduled for Monday, but was pushed to February 21. In November last year, 240 medical graduates wrote the first evaluation test, which saw all but two students failing.

Deputy Judge President Hosea Angula has in the meantime postponed the hearing to 15 February. The students are claiming that the exam structure has been changed from 100 to 300 multiple choice questions while the duration period of three hours remained unchanged. This, according to them, is an unfair and illegal procedure.

The listed respondents include the health minister.

The students are further alleging that they were forced to write the exam a day before it was initially supposed to be written, rendering them under prepared.

The students equally argued in their founding affidavit that they were given a 16 days-notice of the examination, instead of the usual 30 days.

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