Neurosurgeon-turned-taxi driver unqualified to practice – GMDC

Dr Eli Atikpui

The Registrar of the Ghana Medical and Dental Council (GMDC), Dr Eli Atikpui has said Dr Seidu Abrahamani Richard, who insists he is a trained Neurosurgeon, cannot hold himself as such because his training is inadequate for the practice.

Additionally, the GMDC Registrar said Dr Abrahamani has not completed his two-year housemanship.

Dr Abrahamani, who has been compelled to become a taxicab driver for survival, has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to force the GMDC to grant him the licence to enable him to practice after three years of being dormant.

The GMDC has admitted it has refused Dr Abrahamani the licence to practice because his training is inadequate.

Speaking to Moro Awudu on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class91.3FM on Thursday, 22 November 2018, Dr Atikpui said the Credentials Committee of the Council refused to license Dr Abrahamani because his neurosurgeon training was not up to scratch to qualify him to practice.

Dr Atikpui said: “He [Dr Abrahamani] trained at the University of Development Studies (UDS) and ended up at Korle-Bu [Teaching Hospital]. He started his house job but he did not complete his two-year housemanship training.

“He had some challenges with his housemanship. Then after the end of the first year of his housemanship, he got lost and we never saw him anywhere. It meant he had not completed the two-year house job which he was supposed to have done to be permanently registered”.

According to the Registrar: “Three years after, this gentleman came back from wherever he was, submitted some certificate from China and said he was coming back as a qualified Neurosurgeon.

“I’m not the Medical and Dental Council, I’m only the Registrar of the MDC and, therefore, decisions are not fully taken by me; there are processes individuals go through when they apply to be registered. Where there are challenges or there are doubts of qualifications, the individual is expected to appear before the Credentials Committee of the GMDC. So, Dr Abrahamani’s documents were submitted to the Credential Committee of the MDC for review.

“This is an individual who has not completed his house job, this is an individual who came back after three years and holding himself up as a Neurosurgeon. There are standard training protocols for anybody to be called a Neurosurgeon.

“In some jurisdictions, you would do the basic surgery which takes you about five years, then you do neurosurgery for additional three years, so, you do not come back after three years and start holding yourself up as a Neurosurgeon when you have not even completed your house job.

“So, at the end of the day, the Credentials Committee felt that that training was completely inadequate for an individual to hold himself as a neurosurgeon and that was duly communicated to him.”

However, Dr Abrahamani insisted on the same show that he is a qualified Neurosurgeon and wants the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to look into the matter.


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