Saturday, 15 August 2015

We Require More Information On Our Doctors

In some jurisdictions information regarding a doctor’s training and experience is readily available. While it is true that the Medical Council of Jamaica has a registry of doctors who are licensed to practice locally, there is no database which tells the public of specializations of doctors beyond their basic training. Doctors in Jamaica are licensed on their basic qualifications to practice medicine. However, the fact is a significant number of doctors pursue post graduate studies and this should be reflected by the Medical Council of Jamaica’s registry. The doctors’ registry should also include the success rate percentage of specialist doctors. The Medical Council of Jamaica should look into this urgently with the possibility of moving towards this best practice. This would undoubtedly provide more detailed and useful information for Jamaicans to make a more informed choice regarding their specialized medical care practitioner.

Wayne Campbell