Lebanon News

Hurdles due to overseas study under review

Hariri heads a committee session at the Parliament in Beirut, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018. (The Daily Star/HO)

BEIRUT: Lawmakers Tuesday addressed a legal provision that prevents Lebanese nationals who studied abroad without receiving their local baccalaureates from joining Lebanese workers syndicates, which in turn bars them from working in their fields.

Affected students are those accepted to universities based on predicted grades, and then either failed or did not complete their studies, MP Mohammad Hajjar told The Daily Star. Lebanese workers syndicates, which professionals are often required to register with in order to be able to practice their profession, bar entry to those who did not graduate from secondary education.

Hajjar, a member of Parliament’s Education and Culture Committee, could not provide clear numbers on how many people were affected. “It could be five, it could be 500: We may take steps to ask the Education Ministry for clear numbers,” he said. Discussion on possibly repealing or circumventing the law is set to continue at the committee’s next session.

Meanwhile, Parliament’s Public Health, Labor and Social Affairs Committee began discussing a law that would set standards for the clinical pharmacy profession. Clinical pharmacists provide patient care that aims to optimize medication usage, a role that in Lebanon is currently left to doctors and nurses who are not specialized in that field.

Committee Rapporteur MP Mario Aoun told The Daily Star the law would set out the requirements and specifications needed to practice clinical pharmacology in Lebanon. It would also set minimum standards, such as ensuring one clinical pharmacist for every 100 hospital beds.

“We need this in all hospitals because patients can face issues if doctors prescribe medication that they may be allergic to, or drugs that work against each other,” Aoun said. “This law will work to deal with those issues, and will save [patients] time and money.”

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on December 12, 2018, on page 2.

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