Jobless docs’ issue for Parliament

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The issue of more than 150 unemployed medical graduates – highlighted in TTWhistleblower last week – will be discussed in the House of Representatives on Friday.

The matter is expected to be debated as a motion on the adjournment, toward the end of the day’s sitting.

This online news site reported exclusively that the graduates, who have already served their respective internships, have not been employed as house officers.

Some of the doctors are national scholarship winners and are contracted to provide service to the State for specific periods.

The continued joblessness of the medical practitioners has been a source of unease in their fraternity in light of the government’s assertion of a shortage of doctors.

The shortage is one reason cited by Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh for the on-going closure of the $1.5 billion Couva Children’s Hospital.

There have also been reports of shortages of medical personnel at other State-run health institutions.

The issue would be introduced in the House by Opposition parliamentarian Dr. Tim Gopeesingh, a medical surgeon and physician.

Deyalsingh is expected to respond.

The debate is also likely to discuss the general state of the health sector.

Friday’s sitting in Private Members’ Day.

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