Shortage of doctors feared after medical exam boycott
The students refused to apply for the licensing exam in August in protest against the government’s medical workforce reform plans. They chose to boycott the exam even after the health authorities had postponed it by one week and extended the registration deadline.
Another 446 students who took the test will be allowed to take a written test scheduled for 7 and 8 January 2021, and those who pass will receive their licences to practise medicine. But the absence of most of the potential test-takers for the annual exam has led to concerns that next year the country might experience a shortage of qualified medical personnel including interns at general hospitals, public health clinics and military facilities.
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