Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice

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first_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharecenter_img HealthLifestyle Trinidad health minister defends decision to continue medical practice by: – July 26, 2011 Sharing is caring! Flag of Trinidad. Photo credit: mapsofworld.comPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad and Tobago Minister of Health Dr Fuad Khan on Sunday defended his decision to continue his medical practice as a urologist while holding a ministerial portfolio, saying he has not broken any law or compromised his responsibilities.The minister’s statement followed a Guardian newspaper report.In a statement, the minister said he was called to serve in the Cabinet at short notice.“This request came at a time when the health sector was in crisis and it was my belief that given my experience as a medical doctor, my knowledge of the system, my proficiency in management, coupled with my background in mediation, I possessed the requisite skills to make a positive impact on the system, to enforce change to bring about a vastly improved public health care for the benefit of all citizens,” Khan said. “It was on this basis that I accepted the call to serve.”Khan said he informed his patients he would be suspending his medical practice because of his ministerial responsibilities. He also advised his patients to seek other urologists for assistance but was already overwhelmed with requests to conduct surgeries which he had already committed himself to.As a result, Khan said he felt it was appropriate for him to continue to clear the backlog of patients who were already scheduled for surgery under his care.He said he conducted surgeries on Saturdays and saw patients after 4 pm on Tuesdays. Stating neither of these activities compromised his ability to function as Health Minister, Khan said he has been advised by his lawyers he was not in breach of the Integrity in Public Life Act.“One cannot expect me as a medical practitioner to abandon my patients at the stroke of a pen and while some have expressed some ethical concerns in this matter, I can assure the public that my responsibilities as minister have not been compromised in any way,” Khan stated.Caribbean News Nowlast_img

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