The Ministry of Health says it notes, with concern, misinformation placed in the public domain as it relates to the employment of nursing practitioners from Cuba in the public health system.
A statement by the Ministry says: "As indicated by the Honourable Terence Deyalsingh, Minister of Health, the Ministry is taking steps, in the first instance, to source specialist nurses from the local professional pool."
It says that members of the public are asked to note that, while there is a documented need for over 800 additional nurses in the public health sector, the government has no intention of sourcing all of these nurses from Cuba.
It says that consideration is only being given to employing nurses from Cuba, within specialty areas, if there is a lack of appropriately skilled local professionals.
Some of the specialist nursing areas include:
• Cardiac surgery
• Surgical Opthalmology
• Intensive Care
The ministry says that foreign recruitment is meant to be a short to medium term complement to the other initiatives being undertaken to ensure that a cadre of workers is available within the health system.
The Ministry of Health adds that it will continue to make strategic decisions which facilitate the provision of optimum health services to the people of Trinidad and Tobago.