Dozens of Surgeries Delayed Daily in Trinidad Owing to Shortage of Qualified Doctors

The Express newspaper reported that the anaesthetists, who administer drugs to prevent patients from feeling pain during surgeries, have taken the action in response to a directive by Chief Medical Officer Dr Anthon Cumberbatch that a registrar consultant must be in attendance during a high risk caesarean section.

 

Cumberbatch has decreed that doctors without post graduate degrees cannot be appointed Registrar and none of the doctors working in the intensive care unit have postgraduate degrees, according to the San Fernando General Hospital medical director, Anand Chatoorgan.

 

 

Chatoorgan has written to the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Chief Medical Officer, Anil Gosine seeking urgent action. He said he wants written clarification concerning the statement made by CMO Cumberbatch.

 

 

Reports state that scores of surgeries cannot be performed because of the new rule being imposed by the CMO.

 

 

(Parts of this article were written with content incorporated from a Caribbeannewsnow release) 

 

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