Trinidad Express:– The medical intern at the centre of a racist rant on social media has been removed from duty.
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh on Tuesday confirmed that the intern is now subject to an investigation into her social media behaviour and will not be allowed back to work until that investigation is complete.
“As of this morning she has been removed from all clinical duties. She will have no contact with patients or her peers,” Deyalsingh said.
Deyalsingh was at the Insect Vector Control building in Jerningham, Cunupia earlier to oversee the handover of equipment from the British High Commission.
“That particular doctor is an intern, so therefore she falls under the Ministry of Health,” Deyalsingh said.
He said that the Chief Medical Officer and Terence Seemungal from the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago will conduct the investigation into the matter.
“Following the best practices of natural justice, we need to hear all sides of the story and we will deal with it,” he said.
The Minister referenced another case years ago where another young female intern who back in 2016 lied about being robbed at gunpoint on the compound of the Port of Spain General Hospital.
“So the same principles apply. You remove them from active duty and they are not allowed to have contact with patients and you review the case,” he said.
Deyalsingh said he expects the matter wrapped up within the next two to three weeks but it was important to give the woman a chance to defend herself.
The young intern, in a Facebook rant said that “coolies” were “eating flesh and drinking blood across the land”. She used the hashtag “believe me I am a doctor among them”.
Since that post, the Trinidad and Tobago Medical Association expressed its concern over the remarks and called for an investigation.
The Express has reached out to the doctor by Facebook messenger seeking a response.