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T&TMA Statement

From the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association (T&TMA):

The medical fraternity has seen the unfolding of the events surrounding the alleged assault of an intern in one of our public institutions this week. The issue of safety for health care providers at our health institutions is not a new one – and little progress has been made to resolve some of these problems. We join our voice with those of the Doctors Associations of all the Regional Health Authorities in the call for proper measures to be enforced to ensure the safety of all public servants, patients and visitors at our hospitals/public institutions.

As the National Medical Association, the T&TMA cannot condone dishonesty in any form – and stand by the ideals set out in the Medical Board Code of Ethics for Trinidad and Tobago to uphold the integrity of our profession. We await the result of the enquiry by the Ministry of Health who ensured they will conduct a thorough , impartial investigation with procedural due process.

Hospitals and health care facilities are a crucial part of a country’s infrastructure. The T&TMA believe that the call for sound security measures for all Health Professionals, patients and our nation’s public must be heeded.

Dr. Liane Conyette