12 Dec 2007

American Samoa's hospital authority says non US certified doctors must sit US exam

10:00 am on 12 December 2007

American Samoa's Hospital Authority Board remains adamant that non US certified doctors at LBJ Hospital must sit and pass the US Medical Licensure Examination by next June in order to keep their jobs.

The decision affects more than 30 doctors who graduated from the Fiji School of Medicine.

Now, the Senate President Lolo Moliga is proposing a change in the licensing law.

Lolo has written to the chairman of the Health Services Regulatory Board saying that it's in the public's interest to amend the regulation to recognise education completed at the Fiji School of Medicine.

The licensure issue has created a stand off between the board and non US trained doctors, the majority of whom graduated from the Fiji School of Medicine.

Lolo says if the board does not initiate the change he will be obligated to introduce emergency legislation in the upcoming session next month.

The Senate leader says he wants to avert a situation where the majority of doctors would no longer be allowed to practice.