A great controversy accompanies the government’s decision to open the way for foreign doctors to work in Morocco. A decision that has sparked much criticism from the National Order of Physicians, which denounces its non-involvement in the case as the body empowered to recommend the equivalence of doctor’s degrees.
A source from the National Order of Physicians and Physicians told MoroccoLatestNews, that its exclusion by the government in the elaboration of the decision to open the way for foreign doctors to work in Morocco was a mistake, noting that other problems will arise in the future, especially with regard to equivalence diplomas or the competence and professional value of foreign doctors.
Developed countries, like Canada, delegate the question of the equivalence of diplomas to the medical corps, who examine the scientific path of the doctor from his beginning to the obtaining of his diploma, in order to examine his compatibility with the path of doctors in the host country, and subsequently, the foreign doctor is subject to training in order to improve his skills, added our source.
By modifying Law No. 131.13 relating to the practice of medicine in Morocco, which it ratified on May 27, the government is seeking to attract foreign doctors to work in the Kingdom in order to fill the enormous shortage in human resources from which it suffers. the Moroccan health system, whether it concerns doctors, nurses or even health technicians.
Before the law was amended, the Ministry of Health had polled the opinion of the Council of the National Order of Physicians in 2019 regarding the practice of foreign physicians in Morocco. However, the order claimed in a press release it issued last Monday that the form of the bill approved by the government council is ” completely different from the formula presented to the Board in 2019“.
While some considered that the position of the Order of Physicians was motivated by the fear of the owners of private clinics of a certain competition if the government opens the way for doctors and foreign investors to enter this sector, the same source de MoroccoLatestNews noted that the fear of competition certainly exists, but the problem of accepting foreign doctors does not arise only in the private sector, but also in the public sector.
The countries of Eastern Europe, for example, will not send their eminent doctors to Morocco, but rather poorly trained doctors, estimates our interlocutor, before adding a bit ironic: ” It is often thought that foreign doctors have good training. But it is quite the opposite (…) A foreign doctor was working with us in a public hospital. Everyone who met him thinks he was a plant specialist, not a doctor. “.
Another problem remains, say Moroccan doctors reluctant to enter foreign doctors into Morocco without entrusting the Council of the Order of Doctors with the task of equivalence of their diplomas. It is linked to the difficulty of communicating with patients, especially since most of the patients who go to public hospitals belong to the social class whose education remains average or low, and therefore cannot communicate in foreign languages. .
It is thus clear that the National Order of Physicians does not refuse the fact in itself of authorizing foreign doctors to practice in Morocco, as confirmed by the source of MoroccoLatestNews. They are the ” welcome“, She maintains, they must still meet the conditions set by the National Order of Physicians, and which apply to Moroccan physicians.
Further, she observes, “ doctors from Eastern Europe came to Morocco to work and train, and they made disastrous mistakes because their level was low (…) The government tells citizens that it will provide doctors by bringing them from there. ‘foreign. But it does not indicate the cost in terms of health that this decision will generate. “.