Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram is among three individuals approved to sit on the Council of the Medical Board.
Dr. Parasram, along with Pundit Mukram Lloyd Sirjoo and Shankar Bidaisee have been approved by cabinet to sit on the Council.
The announcement from the Ministry of Health on Monday comes after the ministry stated that cabinet “had serious concerns” with respect to one of the persons who was recently recommended.
The MoH release noted that the Minister of Health is under a statutory duty, pursuant to the Medical Board Act, to appoint persons to the Council of the Medical Board who are nominated under section 6 of the Act and satisfy the statutory criteria prescribed by Parliament.
It noted other than the two Medical Practitioners capable of being appointed under section 6(1)(b) of the Act, the Minister exercises no discretion in recommending persons to comprise the Council of the Medical Board.
The Ministry said with respect to one of the persons who was recently recommended, the Cabinet had serious concerns and in keeping with its concerns requested that the material body reconsider its nomination.
Despite the concerns raised the body maintained its selection, it noted.
The Ministry said consistent with his statutory duty, the Minister of Health has recommended the names that were received of the following nominated persons to the Cabinet and Cabinet in accordance with its duty has today approved the following persons to sit on the Council of the Board:
i) Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer; section 6(1) (a);
ii) Pundit Mukram Lloyd Sirjoo; section 6(1) (d), a person nominated by the Inter-Religious Organisation;
iii) Mr. Shankar Bidaisee; section 6(1) (e), an Attorney at Law nominated by the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago.