UNC claims senior doctors are forcefully transferred from COUVA hospital

The opposition party, UNC in a press release on 20 May 2021 have claimed that senior doctors are being forced out from the COUVA hospital by NCRHA management for questioning the management decision of the senior officials of NCRHA.

Trinidad and Tobago: The opposition party, UNC in a press release on 20 May 2021 have claimed that senior doctors are being forced out from the COUVA hospital by NCRHA management for questioning the management decision of the senior officials of NCRHA.

The opposition called on the health minister and asked him to impartially investigate the matter as they claim that they have been provided with this information through their sources within the upper echelons of the health ministry.

UNC asserted, “We’re reliably informed that they are the key frontline medical practitioners who have designed, crafted and implemented the life-saving medical protocols for the management of COVID-19 patients at the Couva Hospital, particularly for the very ill patients in HDU and ICU Units.”

The opposition party stated that they have the names of these doctors and the details regarding their respective transfers. UNC declared that they would not reveal the identities of doctors publicly as it can cause a threat to their lives.

“We salute these brave, courageous, heroic doctors, and all the dedicated, hardworking frontline medical practitioners, who are risking their lives, and that of their families daily, for the sake of battling the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in T&T since it started,” – UNC.

The opposition added that if these allegations are true, the health ministry and NCRHA stands guilty of workplace bullying, violating the enshrined Constitutional and Labour rights of the doctors in question and other affected staff members.

UNC further stated that the opposition expects the health minister to look into the matter and shed light on the allegations as the lives of the citizens are at stake in this crucial time of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We also reiterate our call to the Rowley government to refrain from its dangerous, nepotistic practice of appointing unqualified political favourites to senior, important public sector jobs, where they collect multiple large salaries at taxpayers’ expense since this is seriously compromising the effective running of the country’s numerous public institutions, to the detriment of the citizens,” – UNC asserted.