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Foreign doctors strike over new French law

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7015.1248a (Published 11 November 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1248
  1. ALEXANDER DOROZYNSKI, medical journalist
  1. Paris

    Doctors who practise in France with a foreign diploma held two one day strikes recently in protest against their status of “assistant practitioner,” imposed by recent legislation. They claim that the new law also restricts their work to poorly paid and precarious jobs in public hospitals.

    These so called “foreign” doctors are also protesting against a recent ruling that requires them to take aptitude tests similar to those required of full time hospital doctors. Only those doctors who have practised for at least three years will be admitted for testing, and even if they pass the test they …

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