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Robes to PRC: Let medicine grads take licensure exams ASAP

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To address the shortage of doctors and other medical frontliners in the fight against Covid-19, San Jose Del Monte City Rep. Florida Robes has called on the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) to allow medical graduates to take their licensure examinations.

In a statement, Robes pointed out that the PRC had postponed several times the conduct of the Physician Licensure Examinations (PLEs) due to the pandemic.

However, the postponements have affected the response of hospitals to the Covid-19 pandemic because the graduates could not be deployed full time without the required credentials, she said.

Robes cited reports that the country has a shortage of some 63,000 medical doctors.

This is aside from the anxiety that the graduates have been feeling because their eligibility is still up in the air, Robes said.

“The several postponements have added to the anxiety of medical graduates and interns who were scheduled to take the March 2020 examinations but have been required to help in the anti-Covid-19 efforts of the government without the required eligibility,” she said.

“The conduct of the examinations and the subsequent passing of the medical interns and graduates will enable them to join the frontliners in full confidence and without the fear of discrimination.” Robes added.

The medical graduates were supposed to take their examinations last March but were unable to do so because the PRC suspended the conduct of all examinations during the enhanced community quarantine,” she said.

“Announcements were later made by the PRC Board of Medicine that the board examinations for doctors will push through in September this year. However, there were several reports that the examinations may again move to November because there is still no definite software platform in the conduct of computer-based examinations,” she said.

Robes asked the PRC to hasten the creation of an electronic media platform to be used in the conduct of the PLEs.

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