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BARBADOS LOOKING TO OFF SHORE SCHOOLS FOR MEDICAL INTERNSHIPS

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jun 20, CMC – The Barbados government is expected to hold talks Monday with various stakeholders including the Barbados Medical Council as it seeks to deal with a problem of providing internships for medical students graduating from the University of the West Indies (UWI). Health Minister John Boyce is suggesting the use of off-shore medical schools as one way of dealing with the situation.

Addressing a function hosted by the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) and the UWI to welcome the 2016 batch of graduating doctors, Boyce said “one of the challenges recently confronting the Ministry of Health is an increasing demand that outstrips the placements for new interns. “We’ve had unfortunately to leave interns out over the last couple of years out of the persons who have graduated with their MBBS [Bachelors in medicine or surgery], and this is an unfortunate circumstance, which I know as a Government and I believe as a Minister we must correct.” He told the ceremony that the government’s aims at the talks are to try and correct this situation, indicating that some of the 2014 graduates had threatened to take legal action last year to secure internships at the island’s main health institution, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

But he said he remains hopeful that a solution would be found and that that Barbados had been approached by at least five offshore medical schools seeking to locate and develop training for undergraduates in the field of medicine over the last five years. “Any system developed must be based on collaboration with the Ministry of Education, respect for our national laws and allow both nationals and non- nationals alike the opportunity to fulfill their internships,” he added.

(pulled directly from Antiguaoberver.com)