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PARLIAMENT RESUMES INQUIRY INTO TRAINING OF MEDICAL PRACTITIONER

TUESDAY 16 MAY 2017

The medical practitioners.
The medical practitioners who benefitted from the Cuban Medical Student Program during the in-camera hearing in Parliament.

The Education and Human Resources Training Committee resumes inquiry into the training of Medical Practitioners for Solomon Islands on Friday 12th May 2017 at the National Parliament House.

Last year, the Committee embarked on the inquiry with the inclusion of the Ministry of Health and Medical services; the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development; the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination and the Solomon Islands National University’s School of Nursing and Health Alliance.

This second phase will involve consultations with individual medical practitioners who benefitted from the Cuban Medical Student Program, before proceeding to visit medical institutions in the country, such as: Atoifi School of Nursing in Malaita and the Helena Goldie College of Nursing in the Western Province.

Hon. Nestor Giro, Chairperson of the EHRTC said, it’s important that the Committee ascertain information by providing an avenue for all stakeholders to contribute in discussing national issues, in relation to Parliament Standing Order 71C.

Hence, the Committee resolves in its terms of reference to inquire into the training and certification of health and medical practitioners in Solomon Islands, in particular the following areas:

  1. Examine the types and relevance of training, standards of certification and award of qualification for medical doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care practitioners;
  2. Review in-service training plans and schemes for medical and health care practitioners provided by government ministries or their sponsors;
  3. Examine any other matter relating to training and practice certification of medical health and care practitioners
  4. Conduct site inspections to existing medical and health facilities;
  5. The said inquiry is to be conducted in parts (Phase 1 and Phase 2); and
  6. Reports to Parliament on its findings and recommendations.

Meanwhile, the hearings held on Friday 12th May 2017 with medical practitioners who benefitted from the Cuban Medical Student Program was an in – camera hearing on the request of the medical practitioners , thus, media and public were not allowed in the conference room where the hearing was held.

Details of the hearing will be made available in a report by the committee and will be access when presented to Parliament.

The Committee is chaired by Hon. Nestor Giro, MP for Central Makira with the following members; Hon. Dickson Mua Panakitasi, MP for Savo/Rusell, Hon. Peter Tom, MP for West Kwaio, Hon. Commis Mewa, MP for Temotu Nende, Hon. Dr. Derek Sikua, MP For North East Guadalcanal, Hon. Andrew Manepora’s, MP for East Are’are and Hon. Matthew Wale, MP for Aoke/Langalanga.

The Committee welcomes submissions from the public concerning its above mentioned terms of reference. Written submissions can be emailed to the Committee Secretary via the following email: jasmine.waleafea@parliament.gov.sb or to the Chairman of the Education & Human Resources Training Committee, National Parliament of Solomon Islands P.O Box G19 Honiara.

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