Tolentino urges gov’t to waive doctors’ licensure exam so DOH can deploy them to support hospitals

  • Sen. Francis Tolentino wants Physician Licensure Examination to be waived
  • With this, around 1,500 medical school graduates could start practicing their profession and help the country
  • Tolentino said the country need to adopt all measures to save the lives of its people

To boost the country’s medical team against COVID-19, Sen. Francis Tolentino has urged the government to waive the scheduled Physician Licensure Examination (PLE).

Image by Francis Tolentino via Facebook

The lawmaker was referring to the PLE which was originally scheduled on March 8, 9, 15 and 16, 2020, but was later cancelled by PRC.

Inquirer shared that Tolentino said this would enable the around 1,500 medical school graduates to become registered doctors, start practicing their profession, and be deployed by the Department of Health (DOH) in government hospitals.

In a statement addressed to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III on Monday, the Senator said, “In a national health crisis, such as a pandemic, we are also at war, with the lives of our countrymen at stake, and our health workers are on the frontlines, but they need reinforcements now.”

Tolentino said the country need to adopt all measures to save the lives of its people during extraordinary times.

He cited Sec. 12 of Republic Act No. 2382 (Medical Act of 1959, as amended) which grants the Secretary of Health the power to authorize medical students who have completed the first four years of medical course, graduates of medicine, and registered nurses to be allowed to render medical services without need of a certificate of registration (during emergency).

Imahe mula sa DOH

In Italy, the Solon said, about 10,000 of their graduates weren’t asked to take the licensure examination and were allowed to render service in their country.

According to Manila Bulletin, the Philippines during the World War II had done the same thing when it declared Batch 1942 and 1943 of the Philippine Military Academy as lieutenants and helped the country even before they graduated from the academy.

Imahe mula sa PNA