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December 6, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Sunday Guardian
allowed to advertise.
"We re bound by a code of ethics
and it was kind of upsetting to see a
big, full-page spread advertising his
services that was brought to our atten-
tion by some of our members.
"I think it s distasteful as far as I m
He said the association had asked
the MBTT for advice and clarification
on whether there was a contravention
of the board s code of ethics.
Trinidade said there were some dif-
fering views among association mem-
bers on whether it was acceptable for
doctors to advertise.
He said Khan was out of practice for
a whole five years and he was actually
informing his patients that he was back
Trinidade said there had been "quite
a few cases" of doctors advertising their
Prior to Khan s case, a citizen Horace
Grant had written a letter to President
Anthony Carmona in 2013 calling on
him to revoke the appointment of for-
mer member of the Integrity Commis-
sion, ophthalmologist and surgeon Dr
Shelly-Anne Lalchan, because of an
alleged breach of the regulations of the
medical board by her advertising her
He said doctors were allowed to put
a small notice in the newspapers if they
were changing the address of their prac-
tice to inform their patients.
Trinidade said there was the per-
ception and feeling sometimes that if
the doctors didn t do that, it would
appear as if they were abandoning the
care of their patients.
He said doctors weren t allowed to
advertise a particular specialty or skill
and it was frowned upon.
Trinidade said doctors could advertise
openly in the US, but T&T followed
the British medical system which did
not allow any kind of advertising.
He said a doctor could not even put
a very large sign by his office, since it
must conform to a certain size.
Trinidade said the rules governing
doctors in T&T were so strict that at
one point in time they were not even
allowed to put their names in the yellow
pages, but that has since been relaxed.
He said a very good doctor with an
established reputation didn t need to
advertise his name, it would be known
by people and become a household
He said if the medical board believed
that there is a case, it would pursue it.
However, there was no medical board
in place at the moment.
CHARLES KONG SOO
The T&T Medical Association
has raised concerns about an
alleged violation of the regula-
tions of the Medical Board of T&T
(MBTT) by former health minister
Dr Fuad Khan.
They have written to MBTT
querying whether a full-page
newspaper advertisement with the
former health minister Dr Fuad
Khan s name advertising medical
services at two private hospitals
constituted a breach of the board s
code of ethics.
The full-page newspaper adver-
tisement appeared in the
Guardian s October 31, 2015, edi-
tion. Khan s services as a surgeon,
listing an email address for him
and the telephone numbers for St
Augustine Private Hospital and St
Clair Medical Centre for kidney
stone treatment, were advertised.
Dr Austin Trinidade, public rela-
tions officer of the Medical Asso-
ciation, was contacted on Thursday
by the Sunday Guardian for his
comment on the matter.
Trinidade said: "It s just a query.
We haven t made a complaint at
"We re asking whether it
breached any of our anti-adver-
tising laws. As doctors we re not
Medical Association queries Fuad's
newspaper ad ...I think it's distasteful---Trinidade
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Dr Fuad Khan
Dr Austin Trinidade
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