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