Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan yesterday acknowledged the “guidance and support” of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar in relation to the medical internship programme.
A release from the Ministry of Health stated that “the Minister, in keeping with the Prime Minister’s advice, would ensure that continuing medical education and training is provided to all, in both the private and public sectors.
“The Minister of Health acknowledges the guidance and support of the Prime Minister in meeting with stakeholders and agreeing to continue the internship programme. The Minister is further guided by the Prime Minister when she recommended that the Council of the Medical Board give direction with regards to licensure of all doctors.”
The release, which also pointed out that erroneous information has been published in the media on the internship programme, sought to clear up the errors.
“In light of a recent media report, which published erroneous information on the medical internship programme, the Ministry of Health advises that the Minister has never indicated in any interview or otherwise that non-UWI graduates would be subjected to a two-year internship,” it stated.
“The Minister reiterates that non-UWI medical graduates will undergo a one-year internship, followed by a three-year temporary registration, which is the present situation. The Minister indicated that their training period would be used for restructuring the practical training method to accommodate intensive and critical care training,” the release added.