Government scraps program for doctors from Ukraine

A program enabling physicians, pharmacists and dentists from Ukraine to work in the Czech Republic without taking additional exams will soon be terminated.

The government agreed to end the project on Tuesday due to strong criticism from the associations of doctors, pharmacists and dentists.

Their representatives said the lack of exams did not guarantee quality care and some of these doctors had a problem communicating in Czech. The program will continue for nurses.

More than 200 physicians and dentists and some 130 nurses and other healthcare workers came to the Czech Republic within the program in the past two years.