Barbadian lawmakers have been urged to move with haste to address the poor treatment of Cuban-trained doctors.
Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard made the appeal yesterday in the Lower House during debate on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority Education in Medicine and other Health Professions (Incorporation) Bill, 2016.
“I believe that if there is a conflict in terms of how medical students returning from Cuba are to be treated, it behooves this Government to make the necessary and timely interventions to ensure that a Barbadian student, having studied in Cuba, does not have to seek refuge in Jamaica or St Lucia or Trinidad in order to practice the trade that they have studied so diligently,” Dr Agard said.
She lamented that the situation had gone on too long.
“When we come to these chambers we cannot speak as though we are separate and distinct from the lawmaking process; we are the lawmaking process.
“So where there is a deficiency to bring into effect that which is social and just in the best interest of Barbadians, I believe that we need to move with haste and to do so,” she added.
In giving her full support for the Bill, Dr Agard said the proposed law not only “affords our graduates an opportunity to practice anywhere in the world, [but] a very fruitful trade in educating students”.
“An accreditation that allows Barbados and the region to gain international standard means that we can market our education programme and we can attract students from all over the world to come to Barbados and to come to the region and be educated here.
“So as a visionary, what I see is the merging of education with health care, with tourism, and with business, and we can bring those international students here,” the independent MP explained.