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Egypt’s Doctors Syndicate summons health minister for disciplinary action

In early February, the ministry said in a press statement that 8,000 of the 9,000 doctors who graduate yearly are 'unqualified'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 1 Mar 2016
Ahmed Emad El-Dien
Egypt's health minister Ahmed Emad El-Dien (Al-Ahram)
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Egypt’s doctors syndicate issued an official summon on Tuesday for Health Minister Ahmed Emad to be questioned by a disciplinary committee for “statements insulting all Egyptian doctors.”

In early February, the health ministry said in a press statement that 8,000 of the 9,000 Egyptian doctors who graduate yearly are “unqualified."

A syndicate general assembly on 12 February voted to refer the minister to the disciplinary committee, demanding that he be fired from the syndicate.

The doctors’ assembly, one of the largest to convene in recent years, also agreed on a number of scheduled escalatory measures, including nationwide-strikes to protest alleged police assaults on doctors.

The minister previously described these escalatory measures, which include providing free services to patients in public hospitals, as “inconsiderate to the state.”

The most well known of these incidents occurred on 28 January when policemen allegedly assaulted two doctors at Cairo’s Matariya Hospital after one doctor refused to fake a medical report for a policeman.

Nine low-ranking policemen have since been charged with “assaulting public officials” and “using violence” in the Matariya Hospital incident.

The policemen were released on bail pending trial shortly after their arrest.

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Egyptos
02-03-2016 12:59am
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We need to have an independent assessment of Doctors competence
The Egyptian system of medical faculty job inheritance have send back the quality of doctors training in Egypt by centuries. The whole system is so corrupt now. The best way is for the Health Ministry to set up n outside examination for doctors. USA had an independent Medical boards to do this. Egypt need to use the exam of another country outside of Egypt to assess the quality of its doctors training and competence. Egypt can use the examinations offered by the EU. This will help to stop the incompetent but connected from being a faculty at Medical School. If we do this, we will be a nation of great medicine as we used to be.
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Talaat Ramadan
01-03-2016 05:52pm
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Respect for the Office of a Government Minister.
Ladies and Gentlemen of the Egyptian Doctors Syndicate, reading this article shows me that you have no respect for the position minister of health. You do not summon the minister, only the president of the country or the parliament can do that and it shows a distinct lack of respect for the position. You request his ‘Attendance’. You are meant to be part of the educated elite of the nation. So act like them and stop dictating to them and try to work with government that you helped indirectly elect. All issues can be resolved if there is an understanding for the person you are dealing with. If you are summoning Dr. Ahmed Emad, to the disciplinary committee as a doctor for his actions, then you should not refer to his title in your summons.
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