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Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:05

Health Minister Defends Recruitment Of Cuban Specialist Doctors

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Government is looking to recruit another batch of doctors from Cuba.

This, as it says there's a shortage of speciality doctors in over 11 areas.

Local doctors have voiced their concerns, with some suggesting that the Ministry of Health offer scholarships in these areas.

In response, Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said it would take four to five years for the relevant training to be completed.

He said he has a responsibility to ensure that citizens receive the best possible care when they visit the nation’s hospitals, and also noted a global shortage of doctors in some specialisations.

The Health Minister said the University of the West Indies has upped the ante and now offers programmes in oncology, anaesthesiology and radiography. Even so, he says it takes time to churn out specialists.

He said Trinidad and Tobago is twelve years early in meeting sustainable development goals - proof that the health sector has seen significant improvement.

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