Bajan Medical Doctors Treated As Second Rate?


Foreign Doctors More Valued In Our Health System Than Bajan Doctors

I am extremely disappointed that Barbados facilitates foreign doctors way over our own trained Barbadian Doctors. It’s frustrating that key jobs in QEH are so easily filled by these doctors from areas such as India, Nigeria etc and there are equally qualified Barbadian doctors trained in and outside of Barbados. In fact quite a few of these imported foreign doctors are using Barbados to practice and obtain skills they lack before hopping to the USA as they had planned from the start. I personally agree with advancement however not by exploiting others and that is quite apparent in most cases.

We talk of a brain drain, reality check most of the Barbadian Doctors and nurses are been forced out. Yes, the system in place at QEH drives our qualified medical personnel either into other professional fields or to seek medical opportunities in other countries. Also those skilled and wishing to return to Barbados are met with tremendous deterrent factors. Just look at who commands some of the top medical posts at QEH and you would not be surprise at this xenophilic approach.

What sort of country is this I ask where its own citizens are regulated to substandard while those of foreign origin are revered?

Our ignorance at times appears to me to have no boundaries.

Nigerian Doctors Not Required To Take Barbados Licensing Exams

Just another interesting point… Barbadian Doctors trained in Cuba are made to repeat a year of medical school and then must do a regional exam before practicing in Barbados. However, if you are from Guyana you are paid as a doctor for a year before you undertake the exam.

Even better if from Nigeria, India, UK, USA you don’t have to do any exams at all. Funny enough these countries request that Barbadians must take expensive exams before they can qualify for work in the respective countries. So therefore we are paying taxes to cover these foreign doctors while our own must incurred further interest on student loans before they make a living.

Amazing, our motto is pride and industry……Pride and Industry in foreigners I say. I can only hope the present Government look out for the interest of its people and rectify these problems before all is lost.

A Bajan patient and BFP reader


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16 responses to “Bajan Medical Doctors Treated As Second Rate?

  1. shhhh! dont say that too loud or all the indian and nigerian doctors up here in Toronto driving taxi cause its so hard to get accdredited in the Canadian system will flock down to Barbados

  2. Hants

    Jdid I think Toronto has the “world record” for the most Doctors and Engineers driving Taxi.


  3. Tony Hall

    I can attest to your comments. My sister is a medical doctor and she was so badly treated at the QEH vis-a-vis lack of basic resourses that she left and is working comfortably in Jamaica. She had offers in St. Vincent, Bahamas and Belize. There is a saying that a man is is not respected in his own land. (In this case a woman).

  4. Bimbro

    Our ignorance at times appears to me to have no boundaries.


    I in sayin nutten!!!!


    Nigerian Doctors Not Required To Take Barbados Licensing Exams


    U sure dem is real doctors?!!!! Knowing their penchant for lying, I’d be scared to let any of them within a mile of me, or any of my family!!!!


    But wait, just the other day, some, at least, of you were praising Cuba’s advanced medical profession etc., so advanced apprently, that our doctors trained there have to sit exams, again?!!!!

    Sounds like ‘a Barbadian solution’, to me!!!! 🙂

    BTW, which way is it to the QEH?!!!!

    Conductor, may I have a ticket going the other way, please?!!!!

    Poor, Bim!!!!

    Yuh know I mischievous!!!! 🙂

  5. Bimbro

    Tony Hall
    March 5, 2008 at 5:12 pm
    I can attest to your comments. My sister is a medical doctor and she was so badly treated at the QEH vis-a-vis lack of basic resourses that she left and is working comfortably in Jamaica. She had offers in St. Vincent, Bahamas and Belize. There is a saying that a man is is not respected in his own land. (In this case a woman).


    It is serious, injustices such as these which we expect the new govt. to rectify, asap!!!!

    Get on with it, Thompy!! We, at BFP, are not the most patient people in the world, especially, me!!!!

    We’re counting down the days!!!!

  6. Anonymous

    PS: Not just doctors..but in many different professional areas Bajans have it harder than foreigners in their own backyard.

  7. boom

    Reads like discrimination against hard working Barbadian Doctors, All Doctors should be required to take the same mentioned exam regardless of country origin.
    Remember it’s your health that’s at stake.

  8. kandibe obi

    who is this bimbro? i think u should have a reality check. you seem to have something against africans in general. i think you should take out a loan and travel the world over to open your eyes.i have pity for ur like s as u are still living in uncle toms world.

  9. Bush Tea

    We are addressing different problems here.

    Different countries and even universities have different standards for what they qualify as trained professionals. If we are to have these various graduates working in our country, then some controls are needed to ensure that our standards are satisfied by who ever comes to practice here.

    This role is usually that of an accreditation body. In the case of the Doctors it is probably a BAMP controlled body, and with engineers it is the Engineers Registration Board. These are independent persons appointed by Government and the Engineers Body, whose role is to protect professional standards.

    Programs from some institutions may require additional make-up to meet our standards, while others may even exceed the standards.
    It is therefore not a matter of Local professionals vs overseas, it is a matter of the standard of the university program taken by the graduate.

    These are important issues that should be checked by students PRIOR to selecting a university.

    On the other hand, the Arthur government clearly articulated a policy of seeking to attract foreign professionals to Barbados in a misguided focus on achieving development by ‘bringing the best (and the cheapest) of the world to Barbados’.
    They provided tax, immigration and other incentives to such foreigners that were NOT equally available to local professionals doing the same things here.
    … of course the REAL objective of national development is to ‘Make Barbados and Barbadians the very best that we can be….”

    …I have no doubt that such nonsense will be addressed in the fullness of time.

  10. Biscuit

    Bushtea answered the question professionaly .

    Are we missing the point ! with the doctors and engineers furthering their career at the benefit of the nation are we not getting best value from the excise.Since you have stated their intension to move on to USA/Canada or may stay in Barbados

    Lets face it most developed countries in the world
    health service have many races and creeds and they have contributed to the system greatly .
    The doctors trained in Cuba would have problems in getting a job in USA just by where they have been trained.
    Yes they should be paid for the conversion training but not at the full rate until they have completed the course and that is the system in most developed countries.
    Rember ,Best practise and value for our money in our institutions

  11. Pat

    Bush Tea:

    Good of you to give them that lesson. Credentials – experience and training, are assessed before a license is issued. In Canada today, the only place a trained Dr. can come from and work without writing an exam is the US. To give Canada credit, in some instances Dr. only have to be tested in certain areas where training is perceived as below par. I know a Guyanese, trained at UWI who failed the exam and worked as an assitant to a practising Dr. while taking additional courses for two years before she qualifed to Canadian standards.

  12. brush

    keep blabing you guys!
    The world has gone haywire. Everybody is now scared of Africans. Wonder what they are scared of.

  13. california

    I am Barbadian born. Received licensure as Registered Nurse for less than a year. Have attained much valuable experience working as an Emergency Room Nurse at one of the top hospitals in California. My desire is to return home and work as a Registered nurse in Barbados. What are your suggestion on how I should pursue a come back to Barbados.

  14. bakre

    Well..I know that it is a beutiful country to live in..can u tell me what do they require from someone who is provionally registered in UK-GMC before working in your hospitals..

    Thanx dear

  15. maverick

    Firstly, its a travesty that nigerian doctors are not asked to write exams . Its a toss up what you get out of nigeria and india. They can be very good or horrendously lazy and bad.

    The guyanese students do not need to write exams to practice. With the advent of the CSME three medical schools have thus far been accredited by the accreditation council: UWI, ST Georges and UG.

    THe reason the cuban doctors are asked to do all these things, rest assured, is not political: THEY ARE TERRIBLE. I have worked with them and they are terribly lacking in knowledge and skill. With so many doctors being trainined in Cuba its very easy for people to slip through the cracks &/or be trained in third rate health centers ay outside havana.

    Just thought u should know.

  16. Chetan

    r indian docs free of licence to practice