Conrad Murray should seek to get his licence reinstated in the United States before making an appeal to the Medical Council in this country.
This according to a former executive of the Medical Council of Trinidad and Tobago who spoke on the issue in a telephone interview with the Express.
International news agencies have reported that Murray has already taken action to get his licence reinstated with his attorney Valarie Wass saying he was prepared to fight in order to practise medicine again.
On Monday, Murray was released from a Los Angeles prison after two years of a four-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter in the death of American pop star Michael Jackson.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan had said Murray can return to Trinidad and make an appeal to the medical council for a licence.
The minister said Murray can make a case legally as the Constitution guarantees citizens equal rights.
Murray, 60, was born in Grenada but is a national of Trinidad and Tobago as his mother was born here.
Garreth Kalloo, a close friend of Murray who flew to the US to lend support to the doctor on his release from jail, had told the Express in an exclusive interview that Murray was an excellent doctor and this country should embrace him and allow him to practise here.
Kalloo is a patient of Murray and godfather to his son.
The Express was told yesterday Murray plans to return to Trinidad and “give back” to the people of this country through charitable work.
It is not certain whether he will indeed make an appeal to the Medical Council for a licence.
The former executive of the Medical Council of Trinidad and Tobago, who requested anonymity, told the Express Murray can face challenges as he will require a letter of good standing from the last place where he worked.
The doctor said Murray would also be requested to show he has kept up with continual medical education and his knowledge and skills must be up-to-date and fine-tuned.
“What he should do is appeal to the states in which he practised,” said the former executive.
The doctor noted that in Trinidad and Tobago when a doctor’s licence is revoked there is no provision for a licence to be reinstated but in the US and Canada the process is different.
According to the source, Murray frequented Trinidad and performed “difficult” cases at St Clair Medical.
“He’s a competent doctor who is skilled and knows what he is doing but in this profession you have to maintain certain standards and we can’t succumb to pressure from anybody to change these standards,” said the source.
The doctor said Murray will also face problems in building trust.
“Wherever he goes in the world he will face that problem because of the publicity. The best thing he can do is to appeal to his own board first,” said the source.