ALGIERS—Concerns over the loss of Algerian medical graduates to other countries flared anew this month after French health authorities announced that more than 1,200 Algerian doctors had passed an exam that qualifies them to practice medicine in France.
France recently created nearly 2,000 jobs in its health system that are open to non-European foreigners, and the Algerians who passed the “épreuves de vérification des connaissances” (EVC), or knowledge verification tests, are qualified to apply for them.
The National Union of Algerian Doctors and Researchers (UNDCA) published a list of the doctors who it says have been authorised to work in the French health sector. Most of them have been working in Algerian hospitals for years and are highly experienced, the union’s statement said.
In a statement to Al-Fanar Media, Mohamed El-Fal, a member of the union, described this news as “a drain to Algerian students”.
“Now, they dream about nothing but leaving the country due to the current situation, and the lack of adequate equipment that would enable them to provide something for their compatriots,” El-Fal said.
“The Algerian government spends on medical colleges and higher health institutes in order to train medical specialists, and that eventually benefits the French health sector,” he added.