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Ministry of Health tries to find ways of keeping doctors in the country

Romanian doctors cannot apply for positions abroad without a conformity certificate issued by the Ministry of Health (MS). The only problem is that, from 2007 until now, the latter has barely processed 10 per cent of the doctors’ applications. The College of Physicians claims that the ministry does not list all the documents needed for the issuing of the said certificates. Medical employees may sue MS, if they lose work contracts because of delays in the issuing of the conformity certificates. The certificate attesting the formation as physician in conformity with the 2005/36/CE European Court decision and/ or the equation of training degrees to the one Romania requires in relation to this regulation is essential to a Romanian doctor’s finding employment abroad. To obtain it, the doctor files an application at the Ministry of Health, accompanied by the necessary documents, and the application is to be processed in maximum 30 days’ time. However, it appears there are doctors who waited over a year for such a certificate. Many of these already lost the work contracts which they had signed with foreign parties because they failed to obtain the certificate entitling them to practice abroad. Physicians claim they tried to discuss with MS representatives, but that the latter cannot be reached by phone. When responding to complaints, they say there are quite a lot of applications and only one person in charge of processing them. From 2007 until the present, approximately 2,400 applications have been processed, that is, less than 10 per cent of the total. The certificates issued are posted on the ministry’s website, and the average rate of their processing is of approximately 7-8 a week, in the context in which thousands of doctors are waiting to get their certificates.

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