Agreement reached by medical students and health ministry

15 Feb 2019 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 15 FEB (NAMPA) – A legal dispute between approximately 70 foreign trained medical health professionals and the Ministry of Health and Social Services has been settled out of court.
The two parties reached a settlement agreement Friday morning as the case was scheduled to be heard before High Court Deputy Judge President, Hosea Angula.
However, the details of the settlement agreement are not yet made public.
In his brief submissions, the graduates’ legal representative, Samson Enkali told the court that the case is now finalised and the matter removed from the roll of the High Court following a settlement agreement between the two parties.
The settlement agreement was also made as an order of the court.
Local lawyer Kaijata Kangueehi appeared on behalf of the Government and the Ministry of Health and Social Services, who were respondents in the matter.
In the matter, the disgruntled graduates handed over on Thursday a petition to the Office of the Prime Minister over the pre-internship evaluation test, which they say is discriminatory.
The test was conducted by the Health Professions Council of Namibia (HPCN). The graduates in a petition Thursday claimed the test is not designed by the council and said the laws of Namibia allegedly do not recognise the body.
Only two of the more than 200 medical students who wrote the test in November last year passed, while none of the dentistry students passed.