The Mental and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN) has
scrapped the N900,000 mandatory fee for foreign-trained medical doctors.
The council, in a statement, announced that its previous
publication that foreign-trained doctors are to undergo a six-month mandatory
attachment programme in teaching hospitals has been withdrawn.
TheCable had reported that the medical council
asked all medical graduates who schooled abroad and seek to take the council’s
assessment examination will undergo a six-month mandatory attachment programme.
Also, applicants who are Nigerian citizens were
required to pay a non-refundable fee of N900,000, while non-citizens were to
pay N1,400,000 for the programme.
The decision of the medical council did not go down
well with many Nigerians in the wake of the massive emigration of health
workers to other countries.
Owing to the directive, the house of
representatives mandated its committee on
healthcare services to investigate the council over the directive.
In the new directive, the council said candidates
who have paid the N10,000 registration fee will be refunded, adding that it
will publish another curriculum for the training.
The council also deleted the previous directive
published on its website.
“This is to inform the general public, that
following the public reactions to the MDCN publication on the mandatory
six-month teaching hospitals attachment programme for foreign-trained medical
and dental graduates, especially the petition by a coalition of parents of
foreign-trained medical doctors to the national assembly,” the statement reads.
“And based on the outcome of the meetings MDCN held
with the leadership of joint senate committee on health and house of
representatives committee on health care services and the house of
representatives committee on public petition, MDCN hereby states as follows:
“The MDCN hereby withdraws the publication on the
six-month attachment for foreign-trained medical and dental graduates and
candidates are now left with the discretion to seek knowledge that will assist
them with the assessment examination wherever and however they so desire.
Candidates who have paid N10,000 (ten thousand naira) registration fees will
have their money refunded.
“MDCN will publish in due course the curriculum for
the training which has been developed by the examiners to guide the candidates
in preparation for the examination.
“This curriculum was brought out from the “Red
Book” which is available on the MDCN website. MDCN would also publish the
performance pattern of candidates in the previous examinations based on country
of training in order to guide parents in the choice of foreign universities for
their wards, and this will be done and published after every subsequent
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