Over the last 24 months - or more- the SDUI EC has been following attentively with the Irish Medical Council (IMC) the issue of registration for Sudanese doctors practising/ arriving to Ireland. Below is an update.
. As you might recall, following a review of the registration process of overseas doctors coming to Ireland in July 2011, the IMC has labelled the internship carried out in Sudan (among 3 other countries) as non-equivalent to internship standards in Ireland, hence it recommended that doctors who carried out their internships in Sudan are NOT eligible for specialist higher training and will only be allowed to practise under the General Division Section i.e. non-training posts. This regulation came to effect in July 2012.
. Understanding the detrimental effect this regulation has on our members, the SDUI worked around the hour with the IMC, Sudan Medical Council (SMC), Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) and other parties to mitigate this decision. A number of meetings , both in Dublin and Khartoum , were held with officials in all bodies involved to clear the misunderstandings and reverse the decision. At the end it was agreed on provision of clarifying documents on the particulars of the internship training from official bodies in Sudan to the IMC as requested by the latter. This was submitted on April 2013.
. A new council was elected to the IMC in May 2013, this was clearly a set back to our case as the new members needed time to familiarize themselves with the issue and study the documents presented.
. On the Council committee meeting on Monday 27/01/14, they recommended further clarifications on two of the documents submitted and hence adjourned taking a decision till that materializes.
Clearly this was a huge disappointment to all involved and effectively ruins the chances of many young ambitious doctors to enrol in higher training schemes commencing this year.
We in the SDUI EC however are committed to follow up on the matter and have already established contact with all involved parties back home to prepare requested documentation. We utterly understand the frustration and disappointment a lot of our members and colleagues are enduring as our feelings are similarly intense. However, we do believe that their will be light at the end of the tunnel and we will be pursuing all routes till we get there.
The SDUI calls on all its members and the wider doctors in the diaspora to show their support ... together we are stronger !