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Recently and in the UK, the Home Office has been refusing applications for HSMP and visa extensions for doctors in the UK on the basis that Iraqi medical qualifications are not recognised by a semi-governmental organisation called NARIC ( National Recognition Information Centre) even for doctors who are registered with the GMC ( General Medical Council) and those who have got their postgraduate qualifications and recognised Members the Royal Colleges in the UK.
The NARIC is not recognising the MBChB of Iraqi doctors as a Bachelors degree but as a Diploma of Higher Education.
Everyone of you know that Iraqi doctors are well known for their high standard of medical knowledge and practice. They have proved to be efficient in their profession wherever they work and some have been pioneers in various medical specialties and have gained a great respect and reputation all over the world.
Medical students used to apply for Iraqi Universities to have the opportunity to study in a high standard teaching institutes.
It is quite unfair to underestimate the value of the Iraqi medical qualification and the efficiency of the Iraqi doctors.
1. The GMC ( General Medical Council) in the UK recognises the Iraqi medical qualifications and it is a prerequisite to have it before sitting its exams to grant the registration.
2. The WHO recognises the Iraqi medical qualifications and they appear in its list as a Bachelors degree.
3. All the surrounding countries are recognised by NARIC !
4. The GMC is the body that is responsible for qualifying doctors to work in the UK and not NARIC.
Today , we need every signature to support this petition. Why is the Home Office not relying on GMC and/or the WHO in qualifying the Medical Degrees And why is NARIC not accepting the Iraqi Medical Qualification as a Bachelors degree out of all other Medical qualifications in the world.
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