Friday, March 15, 2013

Foreign doctors to be allowed practice in Myanmar


Friday, 15 March 2013 13:20 Rosie Gogan-Keogh

Foreign doctors will be issued with licenses to operate in Myanmar, said the chairman of the Myanmar Medical Council at a conference on March 15 at the Myanmar Medical Council in Yangon.

Professor Myo Myint speaking at a conference on foreign doctors licenses at the Myanmar Medical Council on March 15, 2013. [Photo: Mizzima]

“Limited licenses will be provided to foreign practitioners coming to the country,” said Professor Myo Myint. “It will be limited by time, place of practice and type of surgery and practice.”

The doctors will be granted licenses of a maximum of one-year and will have to partner with a local doctor.

Presently, there are around 100 registered and unregistered foreign doctors operating in Myanmar. Most of these are short-term consultants working with the health department; however, many are operating under-the-radar.

“We don't know the exact figure, the majority are not registered and we are now alerting them to the fact that there is a law to control them,” said Myo Myint.

“We look forward to the quality and safety and the care of foreign doctors, and we have the safety of the law to provide for them. There must be a standard quality,” he added.
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