Thursday 20 February, 2020

Concerns raised over racist comments by alleged 'medical intern'

The Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association (TTMA) expressed concern over racist comments made online by an alleged female health practitioner at a public hospital, calling for the matter to be investigated.

In a statement issued Monday, the TTMA said it condemns all discriminatory and derogatory comments made by health care providers and expects an investigation to be carried out by the authorities. 

"The Association notes with concern inflammatory comments made on social media allegedly by a member of our fraternity.  We consider such matters seriously and trust that the appropriate investigations will be carried out accordingly. When the facts are established we will comment further."

"The Association however, does not condone derogatory statements in any way from any health care provider, and will work with all stakeholders to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to all our patients, without bias."

The individual, who is alleged to be a medical intern at a public hospital, posted several racist comments to local Facebook pages and on her own Facebook profile over the weekend.

The woman allegedly commented, "These c**lies in this country can never change. They are the ones eating flesh and drinking blood across the land as they have no regard for the precious blood of Jesus. There is no hope for them and they shall be judged accordingly to the Holy Bible."


The woman's Facebook profile showed photos in which she wore a long white monogrammed jacket. One photo was captioned: "Professionals at SGUSOM (St George's University School of Medicine)".

Under the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Board's (TTMB) Code of Ethics, a doctor has a duty of care towards the patient. The physician is obliged to do what is necessary to ensure continuity of care is maintained.

Any patient who feels that the care provided to them was unsatisfactory has the right to complain to the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago about the physician involved.

The TTMB said the Council "only has authority to hear and enquire into allegations of conduct which will amount to professional misconduct by a medical doctor or 'infamous and disgraceful conduct in a professional respect'" as per Section 24 of the Medical Board Act [1960], as amended.

Under Section 7 of the Equal Opportunity Act:

"A person shall not otherwise than in private, do any act which— (a) is reasonably likely, in all the circumstances, to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate another person or a group of persons; (b) is done because of the gender, race, ethnicity, origin or religion of the other person or of some or all of the persons in the group; and (c) which is done with the intention of inciting gender, racial or religious hatred. (2) For the purposes of subsection (1), an act is taken not to be done in private if it— (a) causes words, sounds, images or writing to be communicated to the public."

LoopTT has reached out to the Ministry of Health and North Central Regional Health Authority (NCRHA) for more information.



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