Public Relations Officer of the Dominica Medical Association Dr. Victor Emmanuel said he is concerned about the qualifications of doctors who study in Cuba.
Dr. Emmanuel said that some of the doctors who are chosen to study in Cuba do not meet the required qualifications and that most of these individuals are selected through a political process.
Dr. Emmanuel was speaking on Kairi’s Heng program this week.
“What has been happening, especially for those persons who studied in Cuba, is that they have not been sent there based on their qualifications. They have been selected based on what constituency they came from. Let’s say we have 21 persons who went to study, there is one from each constituency for the most part. So it hasn’t been a question of based on qualifications and from my constituency, it has been mostly determined by the constituencies. You go to your parliamentary representative and you decide you want to study medicine,” he explained.
Meantime Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said he is not supporting the statements made about the Cuban-trained doctors. He said several Cuban-trained doctors are practicing in every CARICOM country and other parts of the United States.
He said some of the best doctors in Dominica were trained in Cuba.
“There are maybe people who are not even aware that there are several hundreds, if not thousands of Cuban-trained doctors who are practicing medicine at various hospitals and clinics across the United States. They all went to Cuban medical schools. There are Cuban-trained doctors in every CARICOM country today. There are several doctors in Dominica who have been trained in Dominica who have not only practiced the local examination to be registered by the medical board, but have gone to sit the American exam to get into residency,” Skerrit said.