British doctor Mark Stevens wrote to the Health Professions Council of SA in 2009 asking how he could register to work as a gynaecologist in South Africa, reports [s]The Times[/s]. Five years later, he and his lawyers have asked the Pretoria High Court to intervene and speed up the process.
Stevens has 10 years’ work experience. He received his spec ialist qualifications from the Royal College of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians in London in 2008. Stevens is a permanent resident and is married to a South African, Bruce Alexander.
Stevens has applied to work in private practice, which the Health Professions’ Act allows foreign doctors with recognised qualifications to do. But in February he was told by the council that a new policy required candidates for private practice accreditation to work for six months in the public sector so that they can ‘be evaluated’.Full report in The Times