15 Jan 2008

Call for review of medical registrations in American Samoa

2:04 pm on 15 January 2008

An American Samoan lawmaker Mase Akapo Akapo says the licensing law for doctors must be changed to allow those who do not have the requisite qualifications but have been serving the hospital for many years can continue their service.

Mase says the licensing for doctors should be treated as a priority in the upcoming Fono session.

He says the government is obligated to recognise the service of doctors at LBJ hospital who have not sat the United States Licensure Exam.

Mase says the American Samoan government required these doctors to work straight out of medical school and has never made allowances to enable them to get their US licenses.

The Hospital Authority Board has given doctors who don't have the US qualifications until June to sit and pass the exam to keep their jobs.

The decision affects about 30 doctors nearly all of whom are graduates of the Fiji School of Medicine.