Immigrant doctors 'treated like third-class citizens'

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Immigrant doctors 'treated like third-class citizens'

Post by Chandu » Wed Jun 23, 2004 5:11 pm

Immigrant doctors 'treated like third-class citizens'


A LEADING member of the Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has hit out at the Government for treating immigrant doctors like "third-class citizens".

Vice-President of the IMO, Dr Asim Ishtiaq, said he has received a stream of calls from doctors who are unable to attain short-term holiday visas for their family to visit them in Ireland.

The doctor, who is originally from Pakistan, but is now an Irish citizen, said he gets calls almost once a week from frustrated IMO members who are having problems arranging visits to Ireland by their relatives.

Dr Ishtiaq said foreign doctors have only started to experience these difficulties since Minister McDowell took over the Department of Justice.

He told the Gerry Ryan Show foreign doctors have had a good working relationship with the Irish health service for more than 30 years. He said: "There are 2,500 non-European doctors currently working in the Irish health service. "In the past, especially 5 or 10 years ago, there were no major difficulties." "The problem is getting worse for the last two years and unfortunately I would have to say that it is possibly linked with the regime change in the Department of Justice.

Lynne Kelleher

Source : Irish indepent

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