Malabag: Get foreign doctors

National, Normal

The National, Monday 3rd June 2013

 FOREIGN doctors could be the answer to the acute shortage of doctors in the couuntry, Health Minister Michael Malabag told Parliament last week.

He said many doctors from the public hospitals were engaged in private consultancy work, which was a concern for the Health Department.

He said many hospitals lacked specialist doctors as many were going into private practice because of better money and benefits.

The minister said the government might need to recruit foreign doctors and specialists to fill the vacuum.

“We need foreigners to come and help with our health problems. Our people need better health care and we cannot deny their rights to good health care,” Malabag said.