Cabinet has taken a decision to create 75 new positions in the public health sector to accommodate medical interns at an estimated cost of $8 million.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh has stated that initiative had become necessary as there have difficulties in finding placements for graduates to complete their internships – a mandatory requirement of their programmes.

Minister Deyalsingh said there are currently 296 Cabinet appointed positions for interns in the public health sector, however that number has deemed insufficient to accommodate the large number of applicants each year because there are two intakes each year.

He noted that 254 graduates applied for internships for the June 2017 intake but there were only 192 vacancies.

The decision to create 75 additional jobs will mean that the 62 applicants will all be placed.