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DOH wants to stop doctors from leaving RP

By Nikko Dizon

MANILA, Philippines -- Filipino doctors will be barred from
migrating and working abroad to avert the risk of a shortage of
medical practitioners, if Health Secretary Francisco Duque III is to
have his way.

"You don't expect Indians and Cambodians to treat Filipinos," Duque
told reporters Thursday on the sidelines of a meeting with
provincial governors and his counterpart in the Autonomous Region in
Muslim Mindanao for the health department's "FOURmula One for
Health" strategy.

"While we're out there treating other people, the irony is we don't
have anyone to treat our own people," he said.

"Of course, authorities will not allow it. Political leaders will
not allow that. I will not allow it. If I have to respond to it
today, I will close the door," Duque said.

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