By: Kelven Huang, Chen Ching-fang and Romulo Huang
Taipei, July 6 (CNA) Just days after Taiwan rejected the help of Japanese doctors,
President Ma Ying-jeou welcomed foreign medical workers to Taiwan to help treat people who sustained severe burns from dust explosions at a party at a New Taipei water park.
“Although the law prohibits foreign doctors from practicing in Taiwan, there are exceptions to these laws, especially at this most critical moment,” Ma said in a national security meeting on the aftermath of the disaster.
Upon learning of the June 27 explosions, both the Association of Medical Doctors in Asia and the Japan Medical Association offered to send 10 doctors and 50 nurses to Taiwan to provide assistance.
The Ministry of Health and Welfare declined the offer, however, because foreign doctors are not allowed to practice in Taiwan without a Taiwanese medical license. [FULL STORY]