PRC urged to waive board exams for new docs amid COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgSenator Francis Tolentino MANILA – Sen. Francis Tolentino wantsto waive thelicensure examination of over 1,500 medical schoolgraduates so they can help in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19). Tolentino asked the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to waive the last two days of the licensure examinations for new doctors scheduled this month so they can be deployed by the Department of Health (DOH). He added that his suggestion would be similar to Italy’s move waiving the licensure exam for 10,000 medical graduates as well as to United Kingdom, which opted for this emergency move during both World Wars. “In a national health crisis, such as a pandemic, we are also at war, with the lives of our countrymen at stake, and our health workers are on the frontlines, but they need reinforcements now. In such extraordinary times, we need to adopt.” Tolentino said.center_img Tolentino cited Section 12 of Republic Act No. 2382 or the Medical Act of 1959 which states in the presence of pandemics or national emergencies, “medical students who have completed the first four years of medical course, graduates of medicine, and registered nurses are allowed to render medical services upon authorization by the Secretary of Health without need of a certificate of registration.” The neophyte senator said the 1,524 medicine graduates taking the licensure exam this year should be automatically “authorized as doctors “pending the completion of exams” upon waiver of the same by the Professional Regulation Commission. “Sa Italy, ginawa na nila ito. Hindi na nila pinakuha ng licensure examination ang 10,000 nilang medical graduates at pinayagan na silang maging ganap na mga doktor para agad silang makatulong sa COVID-19 health crisis nila doon,” Tolentino said./PNlast_img

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