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Medical Board to probe Sawh

THE MEDICAL Board has decided to investigate the allegations against Dr Avinash Sawh, who has been accused of making racist statements in telephone calls with a former employee. In January, the board wrote to Sawh’s attorney Martin George, agreeing there was a procedural flaw in the way the complaint against the doctor had been received. After its regular monthly meeting in February, the board wrote to George again on Wednesday, informing him of its new decision to embark on an inquiry. It said, “Having considered the matter, the council has chosen to exercise its own independent discretion to carry out an inquiry under...

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Medical Board launches new inquiry into Avinash Sawh

The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago (MBTT) has launched an independent inquiry into the allegations surrounding Dr Avinash Sawh’s racist tirades. In a statement sent to his lawyer, Martin George, the Board’s Council explained that they’ve received adequate complaints, concerns and allegations from various arms of the public to prompt an investigation. “The Council has received a number of emails and correspondence from members of the public, the Medical Board, the Minister of Health, the attention of the media generally coupled with the Board's statutory duty under the Medical Board Act,” the Council wrote. Coupled with a now infamous social media recording...

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Tobago Chamber: Power-sharing in THA illegal

The Tobago Business Chamber has said any form of power-sharing between the Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) and People’s National Movement (PNM) in the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) will be illegal, because the law simply does not allow for such an arrangement. On Wednesday, the the Prime Minister held a meeting with 12 elected THA assemblymen in an affort to end the six-six deadlock in the THA. At the meeting, the PDP proposed an interim power-sharing arrangement until a solution to the impasse is arrived at. The PDP offered to give the PNM the positions of chief secretary and presiding officer, while it...

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Stakeholders divided on THA Amendment Bill

The latest developments towards resolving the 6-6 tie in the Tobago House of Assembly has brought mixed reactions from stakeholders. The THA Amendment Bill was passed in the Senate on Tuesday, allowing for the Elections and Boundaries Commission (EBC) to increase the number of electoral districts in Tobago from 12 to 15. However, after meeting with Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley yesterday, the 12 Assemblymen agreed to sit and discuss the way ahead, including the possibility of a power-sharing arrangement. Political analyst Dr Winford James raised concerns about the amendment bill, noting the movement from 12 to 15 districts does not guarantee...

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Woman files claim against attorney

A CUNUPIA woman has filed a claim in the High Court to get back $292,243.49 from a female Port of Spain attorney who handled the family’s Estate. The claim, filed by attorneys from the firm, Martin George and Co, comes up for hearing in April before Justice Joan Charles. The claim alleges the attorney consistently failed and/or refused to account for the money which was supposed to be distributed among the beneficiaries of an Estate of a man who died in 2011. The claim also seeks damages for conversion of the money the attorney received and alleges that since 2017, the woman...

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Court agrees with Health Ministry against nursing bodies

SIGNIFICANT portions of the judicial review claim of three nursing bodies against the Minister of Health have been struck out by the High Court judge hearing the matter. On Friday, Justice Devindra Rampersad gave his decision on evidential objections raised by the minister, striking out entire portions of the TT Registered Nurses Association (TTRNA), the Midwives Association (TTMA) and the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNATT)’s claim. He also struck out several lines of the claim which questioned the minister’s authority to appoint selected members to the Nursing Council on October 7, 2019, before any elected members were appointed. The nursing bodies argued that it...

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Doctor calls for resignation of Medical Board over handling of Sawh controversy

A call is being made for the resignation of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago over its handling of a doctor caught berating and making racist remarks to a female employee several months ago. It comes from Dr Andre Alleyne, who on Thursday, staged a small demonstration outside the board’s office located at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex. Dr Alleyne lamented the board’s shortcomings in taking disciplinary action against Dr Avinash Sawh. An audio recording of Dr Sawh’s rant with an employee had circulated on social media in November last year. He has since apologised. However, Dr Alleyne, one of the five...

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Doctor calls for Medical Board to resign over Sawh slurs

Dr Andre Alleyne is calling for the Medical Board to resign for “mishandling” the matter involving Dr Avinash Sawh. Sawh came under heavy public scrutiny after he was heard slinging racist and derogatory comments at one of his employees over a phone call last November. In the recording, when the employee threatened to have the police intervene, Sawh referred to policemen as “dunce n---ers” and Afro-Trinidadians as “monkeys.” Sawh later apologised to the woman and anyone else offended by his comments. The board said it had received five complaints from its members which spurred an investigation into the matter. Since then a letter the...

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