Three doctors and 13 nurses are working in Croatia with diplomas from the University of Kragujevac, and all of them have completed the legally defined procedure for recognition of foreign professional qualifications, according to professional chambers.
In Serbia, an investigation is underway against the former rector of the University of Kragujevac, Nebojša Arsenijević, and the former dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Predrag Čanović, who are accused of abusing their authority to favor the issuance of diplomas to Croatian citizens, thus obtaining benefits measuring in the millions.
The Croatian Medical Chamber says that since 2013, i.e. since Croatia's entry into the EU, only three doctors with a diploma from the Faculty of Medicine in Kragujevac have been registered in their Directory of Doctors, i.e. they have been issued a license to work independently in Croatia.
“They received the license after completing the legally defined procedure for recognition of foreign professional qualifications,” points out the Croatian Medical Chamber.
From 2013 until today, the Croatian Medical Chamber has received six requests for recognition of diplomas from the Faculty of Medicine in Kragujevac. Of these six requests, two procedures were terminated, and four procedures were completed by issuing a decision on the recognition of a foreign qualification. However, of those four doctors, only three subsequently requested the issuance of a license.
The Croatian Chamber of Nurses says that they have a total of 13 nurses with a university degree from Kragujevac. All of them passed the Croatian Chamber's procedure of taking the distinction exam in 2015.
The President of the Chamber, Mario Gazić, points out that these were all nurses who received secondary medical education in Croatia.
After the outbreak of the scandal regarding diplomas issued to nurses from Croatia, the Croatian Chamber of Nurses requested an additional check of the University of Kragujevac.
“We, as the Chamber, have sent to the faculty in Kragujevac a list of 13 people who passed their distinction with us. We are asking them to answer whether their diplomas are valid or if they are also among the 22 annulled diplomas,” said Gazić.
He also said that he cannot revoke anyone's license based on media articles.
“Based on the response from Kragujevac, we will see if their license will be revoked,” said Gazić.
When asked about Social Democratic Party leader Peđa Grbin's wife, he said that he cannot go out with names before the procedure ends and that he expects a response from the university in Kragujevac within a week.
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