The Estonian Society of Anesthesiologists says it is concerned that the qualifications of non-EU doctors in its specialty vary too widely.
In the last five years, 10 doctors from outside the EU have registered with the Health Board as anesthesiologists, the association said in a letter to the social affairs minister, Taavi Rõivas.
"We have deep doubts whether review of documents [at the level of the Health Board] allows to determine whether the curricula studied by the applicants conform to the framework requirements in effect in Estonia. The competence of some of the colleagues is insufficient, the theoretical and practical training leaves much to be desired. While it can't be said that everyone is incompetent, they do completely lack Estonian proficiency."
Ukraine, Russia and Belarus are the main countries of origin.