Seyyed Hassan Qazizadeh Hashemi in reaction to a news claiming shortage of doctors in Iran said "There is not only no shortage of practitioners in Iran, but rather we are ready to export them abroad. So the news on the shortage of practitioners has been due either to a mistake in interpretation or the statement by the head of the health department of the ministry.”
A few days earlier Dr. Masoud Salehi, Head of the Health Ministry Expansion Center, was reported as indicating the likelihood of Afghan and Bangladeshi physicians coming to Iran.
Accordingly, the Minister of Health said in an interview with Danakhabar in response to a question addressing the truthfulness of the report "That was an interpretational mistake made from Dr. Salehi’s interview. It seems that either he made a mistake in conveying his meaning or there was a mistake in the interpretation. Not only is there no shortage of practitioners, but we are ready to export ours abroad.”