The British General Medical Council has barred medical graduates of nine Nigerian universities from practising in the United Kingdom.
The GMC, an independent body of regulators which registers medical doctors to practise in the UK, in a directory released on Wednesday, blacklisted medical graduates that completed their courses after December 2010 from the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka; University of Benin, Edo State; University of Jos; University of Nigeria, and the University of Port Harcourt from practising in the UK.
It also noted that medical graduates from these schools would be not permitted to make a booking for or to take the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board test, an examination that enables non-UK medical graduates to practise in the country.
However, 13 other medical schools are still approved on the Avicenna Directory including the Abia State University College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Uturu; Ahmadu Bello University Faculty of Medicine, Zaria; Dan Fodio University College of Health Sciences, Sokoto; Enugu State University of Science and Technology. College of Medicine, Enugu.
Others are Imo State University College of Medicine, Owerri; Lagos State University College Of Medicine, Ikeja; Nnamdi Azikiwe University College of Health Sciences, Nnewi; Obafemi Awolowo University College of Health Sciences, Ile-Ife; Olabisi Onabanjo University; Obafemi Awolowo College of Health Sciences, Sagamu; University of Calabar.
College of Medical Sciences, Calabar; University of Ibadan, College of Medicine, University College Hospital, Ibadan; University of Ilorin Faculty of Health Sciences, Ilorin; University of Lagos College of Medicine, Lagos; and the University of Maiduguri College of Medical Sciences, Maiduguri.