FIJI MEDICAL COUNCIL TO CHECK REGISTRATION OF DOCTORS

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SUVA, Fiji (July 11, 1998 - PACNEWS/Tuqiri)---A disclosure that several foreign doctors have been working without proper certification, has prompted Fiji’s Minister of Health, Leo Smith, to issue a directive to the Fiji Medical Council to investigate the registration of foreign doctors working in government hospitals.

The issue was first highlighted by Network News earlier this year, Island Networks Corporation reports.

Smith says all doctors, whether in private or public service, must be registered and the council will be screening all government-employed doctors to see that they have the right qualifications and are registered.

The health minister also said Fiji will not have a sufficient number of local doctors to meet the country's needs for at least another 17 years. In the meantime, it will have to depend on expatriate doctors, he noted.

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