Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 1st 2017 Contents commentary A23
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Members of the Chaguanas Women and Youth Group perform in the French Influenced category of the Prime Minister's Best Village Trophy Competition at the Southern Academy for the
Performing Arts in San Fernando on Monday night. PHOTO: EDISON BOODOOSINGH
SCHOOLS REJECT DISABLED GIRL
A Penal mother is claiming dis-
crimination after her daughter,
who has spina bifida and uses a
walker, was rejected by three pri-
Sita Rajkumar No child should be
turned away from school because of
Aruna Singh With such a con-
dition it will be an injustice to send
her to a regular primary school. This
child requires a school for children
with special needs, with persons
trained to properly care for her.
Sammy John Special school for
Nyma Ifill Too much of a risk in
public school. A spine disability is a
serious thing. The child would need
extra close attention and them teach-
ers not about that. Not to mention
how wild these kids are in school. She
can get hurt easily.
Sunil Ritesh Samuel There is a
school for persons with disability in
Penal. Why not enrol her there?
Sacha Richardson I am getting
feeling the same feeling this mother
is feeling for her child as I've been
through that some years ago. Come
and go, only rejections and nothing
behind of it. It is very sad.
in private practice
Dr Austin Trinidade, PRO of the
T&T Medical Association, says re-
gional health authorities (RHAs) can-
not stop doctors in the public health
sector from also having private prac-
tices since they cannot compensate
Derpsauce McHerpington Let
me amend this a bit... RHA's cannot
compensate them to adequately sup-
port their lavish lifestyles.
Kevin Rajendra Ragbir Yeah, but
if they working they should do their
hours, not come early in the morn-
ing then go. They getting pay for an
hour? We taxpayers money just wast-
ed by everybody!
Allistar Hart Maybe that's why
the system cannot be fixed. They
make money on both ends and there-
fore it benefits them not to fix the
Annabelle Marshall Many doc-
tors in T&T do not subscribe to the
Hippocratic Oath but rather to the
Hypocrite Oath. It is common knowl-
edge that less than the required time
is spent in the government medical
institutions and at times actively
soliciting patients for their private
practice. Were not some of these
doctors recipient of GATE?
Arlene Armoogam Then give up
your public job. Real doctors out here
unemployed and ain't have no private
practice. Doh take up space.
Maria Sammy I rmbr in the 80s
when my brother, who was born with
a cleft palate, the plastic surgeon
who operated on my brother at the
nursing home was also performing
the same surgeries at SFGH but never
informed my parents that they could
have gotten the surgeries done for
free at the hospital. After about the
second surgery, a nurse at the nurs-
ing home informed my mom about
this and ended up saving my parents
thousands of dollars. It's all about the
money for some of these doctors.
Adamskie John I don't think
there is a law to prevent it.
Barry Telesford Time to regulate
Renuka Melanie Ragoonath
Baksh Doctors here in Canada are
obligated to work at the public hos-
pitals in order to practice privately as
well. Their private practices as well
as their hours at the public hospitals
are regulated. They are allotted only
a certain amount of patients per day
and they cannot exceed that. I think
it's around 10-15 mins per patient.
Theresa Elder Sooo sad for poor
ppl, it's about money, mmoonneeyy.
Curtis Budhoo And they don't
pay the taxes because they force you
to pay by cash only, no linx or credit
Richard Pierre Some of them
does over do it.
David Leeds Watch the envy at
work. While you were skylarking
in school, they were beating book.
While you were feting in UWI, they
were on the ward. While you home
in your bed, they doing CPR. When
you in Maracas, they seeing patients.
When you getting married and
building house, they still in school.
When you have children, they put-
ting it off till they have the time.
Ask yourself how much you would
want to be compensated to give
up your nights and weekends and
time with your family. How much
would it take to cover the expensive
extra-long education when every-
body else done building a life. How
much makes it worth it to practice in
substandard conditions with inade-
quate supplies, watching people die
and families grieve and blame you,
even when it was natural causes and
nothing more you could have done.
How much makes it worth it to get
abuse all day, giving care to people
who hate your guts because they
don't care what the job takes from
you. They feel you not doing it right
if you not working miracles, and
secretly they vex that you standing
where you are and they not there
Crawford Webb with her daughter, Khaleesi, 5, who has spina bifida.
PHOTO: SUZANNE SHEPPARD
"True humility is
spect which keeps
us from thinking
too highly or too
meanly of our-
It makes us mod-
est by reminding
us how far we have
come short of what
we can be."
--- Ralph W Sockman
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