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Former Health Minister calls on Medical Board to allow new doctors to practice privately

Former Health Minister Dr. Fuad Khan is calling on the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago to do what is necessary to allow new doctors the required registration documentation that would allow them to practice medicine in the private sector.

In a News Power Now interview, the San Juan/ Barataria Member of Parliament said he has been asking the medical board to aid in this regard, which will decrease the burden on the state.

He said there is a lot of space available in the private sector, however full registration is required.

Dr. Khan issued a statement on the matter yesterday, saying as long as the Medical Board continues to prevent these citizens from acquiring their registration, based solely on the basis of where they studied, this is not only a disservice to the graduates but to the entire nation who are suffering due to the decline in health care delivery that results from such action.

He said at a time when the country is facing a crisis in the public health sector, to have so many trained and certified medical professionals unable to practice their profession due to a regulation that is meant to give preference to persons who have studied at the UWI, St. Augustine Campus is discriminatory and injurious to the field.