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The Medical and Dental Council (MDC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Ghanaian Doctors and Dentists Association in the UK (GDDA-UK) to support the training of undergraduate and postgraduate doctors and dentists in Ghana. The agreement aims to facilitate health research collaboration between the two groups. The agreement was reached after years of discussions that began around 2005.
The benefits of the agreement include establishing a clear process for registering members of GDDA-UK who wish to support Ghana’s health system by contributing to the training of undergraduate and postgraduate doctors and dentists, including the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS). This support will also reduce the cost of training by 50% and activate a waiver of examination in certain special situations.
The council’s vision is to boost local training of doctors and dentists at general duty and specialist levels, ensure quality, safe specialist services, and conduct collaborative health research. The signing of the MoU was born out of last year’s historic medical and dental training and practice conference as part of its 50th anniversary celebration.
Ghana’s High Commissioner to the UK and Northern Ireland, Papa Owusu-Ankomah, commended both groups for their vision and commitment to the initiative. He said the initiative fits into the embassy and government’s agenda of mobilizing Ghanaians in the diaspora for national development.
Presidents of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons (GCPS), Rector GCPS, acting Dean of the University of Ghana Dental School, Prof. Sandra Hewlettand, and Director-General of the Ghana Health Service were present at the signing ceremony.