The British General Medical Council has barred medical graduates of nine Nigerian universities from practising in the United Kingdom.The GMC, an independent body of regulators which registers medical doctors to practise in the UK, in a directory released on Wednesday, blacklisted medical graduates that completed their courses after December 2010 from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; University of Benin, Edo State; University of Jos; University of Nigeria, and the University of Port Harcourt from practising in the UK. Others affected are medical graduates from Ambrose Ali University, Ebonyi State University, Igbinedion University College of Health Sciences and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology.
The directory stated that although their medical schools were currently listed in the Avicenna Directory of Medical Schools, a developing public database of worldwide Medical Schools and other health profession, the GMC would not be registering or issuing a licence to practise to graduates who hold primary medical qualifications obtained from these Nigerian universities. It also noted that medical graduates from these schools would be not permitted to make a booking for or to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test, an examination that enables non-UK medical graduates to practise in the country. A Nigerian blog quoted an official of the GMC’s press office, Jason Day, as saying that the schools were delisted because they had failed to meet the required standards for practice in the UK.