IMGs air registration grievances in parliamentary inquiry

INTERNATIONAL medical graduates (IMGs) have used a parliamentary inquiry to air their frustrations with the Australian medical registration system and to call for compensation and re-registration.

As MO went to press, most of the 34 submissions to the parliamentary inquiry into IMG support and registration processes were personal accounts from doctors detailing hardships faced when attaining registration.

Among the submissions was that of Dr Emil Penev, a GP forced to leave the country last year when his working visa was withdrawn when he was de-registered after he failed a structured clinical interview.

Dr Penev had worked in Queensland since 1999 and said he could not believe he had been “deregistered without doing anything wrong after 10 years’ hard work as a GP in an area of need”.

Other submissions told of difficulties passing English exams, with Pakistani GP Dr Nasir Mehmood Baig explaining he had resorted to