The General Secretary of the People’s Progressive Party, Clement Rohee believes that the APNU/AFC coalition government needs to defend the Cuban trained Guyanese doctors from unfounded attacks rather than to maintain an “eerie silence”.
Mr. Rohee’s statement comes in wake of a criticism thrown at the doctors by Kaieteur News’ columnist Freddie Kissoon.
Kissoon in a column in the Kaieteur News lashed out at the Cuban trained doctors as angels of death and also criticised their training and education in Cuba.
At a Monday morning press conference, Mr. Rohee said that to date, 92 recently graduated Cuban doctors are still awaiting placement and registration with the Medical Council and he opined that these doctors were on government sponsored scholarships.
He reminded that while they were studying in Cuba, the government looked after their welfare and therefore it is only “logical” that upon their return, the government should look into their welfare as they return as qualified doctors.
He stressed that the government should take steps to see that the doctors are registered with the medical council and be placed at various hospitals as there is a shortage of medical personnel across Guyana.
The Medical Council has explained that the doctors would first have to go through an additional period of 18 months of supervised rotation before being allowed to fully practice medicine on their own.