Zimbabwe doctors may need state approval to work abroad

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Zimbabwe is seeking to tighten the rules on how a certificate which its doctors need in order to get work abroad is issued as medical professionals flee the country’s collapsing economy. New Zimbabwe reports that the the Zimbabwe Senior Hospital Doctors Association said the so-called “Certificate of Good Standing” issued by the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe may now need prior approval by the state.

Professional bodies rely on the document as proof of clearance that doctors seeking work and study placement in a foreign country, among other things, have no outstanding disciplinary issues regarding patient care.

“The CGS is never issued by a government anywhere in the world,” the doctors association said in a Twitter posting.

“This has a bearing, as the government determines who goes out of the country,” Aaron Musara, the secretary-general of the doctors’ association, said in the report. “The government is trying to retain staff at a time when they are failing to keep them” happy in their work,” he said.

Jasper Chimedza, Zimbabwe’s permanent secretary for health, didn’t respond to calls seeking comment.


Full New Zimbabwe report



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