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Trouble is brewing in the Med-
ical Professionals Association of
T&T (Mpatt) once again. Doctors
are now seeking the intervention
of Labour Minister Errol Mc Leod
to have the association s incum-
bent executive call overdue elec-
Leading the call for Mc Leod s
intervention is Dr Visham Bhimull
who is the head of Mpatt Reform-
ers, the group that opposed the
current executive, which is led by
President Dr Ravindranath Narine,
during last year s elections.
Elections were subsequently put
on hold after Mpatt Reformers
sought and obtained a court
injunction over irregularities in the
Mpatt Reformers also took the
executive to court after nominees
on their slate were rejected and
potential candidates were suspend-
ed prior to the association s elec-
tions that were due by April 3,
The group was granted an
injunction preventing the holding
of the elections last year.
Last month, the Mpatt Reform-
ers failed to have the injunction
sustained and their judicial review
action could not be pursued after
they failed to file their documents
in the matter on time. The Mpatt
Reformers had to pay for their legal
action out of their own pockets.
Since then, the elections have
been put on hold and a petition is
now being circulated among the
association s members seeking sig-
natures calling for the executive
to call the elections.
Bhimull, in an interview with
the Sunday Guardian, said that his
team would be seeking Mc Leod s
assistance in the ongoing dispute
between the interim Mpatt exec-
utive and his team.
"We are calling for fresh elec-
tions as soon as possible. This April
will make it a year since the elec-
tions are due and they have not
called it as yet. The court matter
is finished, so according to Mpatt
constitution and the rules of Mpatt
speaks that, that the election
should be called as soon as pos-
sible," Bhimull said.
Mpatt Reformers, in a release to
association members, said that
they will not accept the current
state of affairs and called on other
members to join in the call for the
elections to be held. He said delay-
ing the elections was unconstitu-
"We are calling for Mpatt to call
the elections because we believe
that Mpatt should change for the
better. We have plans to file a peti-
tion through the constitution to
call on the executive to call the
elections. At the end of it all, we
will have to go to the Labour Min-
ister if this call for elections (is not
answered)," Bhimull said.
Bhimull said his team was very
concerned that the current exec-
utive is continuing to engage in
negotiations with the Regional
Health Authorities when their term
of office has already ended.
Medical tourism has the potential
to be an untapped source of revenue
generation for T&T, a private sector
U The Caribbean Health Digest
states that in the light of the global
energy crisis, Trinidad and Tobago,
as an energy nation, must consider
other sustainable revenue-generating
avenues for its economy.
Medical tourism is a rapidly grow-
ing global market estimated at US$38
billion and growing at a rate of 15-
25 per cent per annum.
As part of a strategy to ready T&T
to tap into the expanding medical
tourism global market, the U Health
and Wellness Exposition is hosting
the first of a series of seminars titled
"Medical Tourism, Are We Ready?"
This seminar will feature principal
consultant, Thomas Kowslowski
from the Joint Commission Inter-
national (JCI), the world s leading
accreditation organisation, who will
discuss accreditation and what it
takes to get the country s healthcare
institutions to the level of interna-
This seminar is a main feature of
the U The Caribbean Health Digest s
annual Health and Wellness Expo-
sition, this year targeting close to
70 exhibitors, carded for March 31
to April 2, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency.
U The Caribbean Health Digest
is a small private sector organisation
that seeks continually to raise aware-
ness on health and wellness issues
that affect this country. It is now
raising the bar to another strategic
level by investing in T&T and its
potential to create another sustain-
able revenue-generating avenue.
Medical tourism 'an
of revenue for T&T'
...seminar at Hyatt, March 31 to April 2
Doctors tell Mpatt:
Call elections now
Partnership opportunities are
available for this seminar or to
reserve seats e-mail
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When contacted about the
situation, incumbent president Dr
Ravindranath Narine said he was
not aware of any petition being
"This is the first time I am
hearing about it. I was not aware
about that. I checked my e-mail up
to last night (Thursday) and I did
not see anything about it.
Normally they would send us
something about it. I did not see
anything from them about it. I
really do not know about that,"
He declined to comment on
when the elections would be held.
Narine said the elections are
currently under review.
"A release will be done as soon
as a date is decided," he added.
WILL BE CALLED
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