JMC issues put on back burner for 2 decades

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AMMAN — The Ministry of Health is tackling outstanding issues related to the Jordan Medical Council (JMC), which had been put on the back burner for the past two decades, Khaberni News reported.اضافة اعلان

The comments by Minister of Health Firas Al-Hawari on Monday appeared to address concerns voiced by some doctors working for state-run medical establishments, including clinics and hospitals, who accused Hawari himself and JMC, which he chairs, of ignoring their demands to advance their career status.

Some of the doctors, including general physicians and specialists, are graduates of medical schools in Eastern European countries. They claim that regulations in force exclude their peers who graduated from medical schools in the US and other Western nations.

Some among the graduates of eastern bloc countries failed to practice their profession abroad, or completed training for three years, but did not apply for medical board certificates from the countries they graduated from.

Under JMC rules, this category, as well as those who practiced medicine abroad but failed to pass medical board exams, must undergo training at a Jordanian medical facility affiliated with the Ministry of Health for five years.

Ultimately, they must pass a Jordanian medical board test to prove their eligibility to practice the profession independently, or outside the realm of the government’s healthcare system.

But some 94 doctors reject the requisites. They staged a sit-in last weekend to protest the JMC requirements and draw attention to their case.

Hawari told a session of the Lower House Health Committee, in which JMC was discussed, that for 20 years, qualified physicians have been treated like general practitioners.

“We were able to reach an equation that would serve them justice, for them to become ‘qualified specialists’,” the minister said.

He explained that a qualified physician is one who completed the full training program, but failed to pass the board exam.

But some members of the Jordan Medical Association (JMA), whose membership is a requisite to practice the medical profession in Jordan, told the meeting that JMC regulations allegedly apply to a certain category of doctors, but excludes others who graduated from universities abroad and are serving in the Kingdom.

The JMA members did not elaborate on the categories, but said such regulations inflicts “injustice” on some doctors.

They demanded equal treatment for all graduates of universities abroad. They specifically cited those with certificates of competence granted to them after completing JMC-approved training programs in recognized hospitals inside and outside the Kingdom and have practiced the profession for three years inside or outside Jordan.

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