Published On: Tue, Sep 23rd, 2014

Venezuela graduates unable to work in Curacao

Sint Elizabeth HospitalWILLEMSTAD - Not so long ago, the Minister of Public Health, Ben Whiteman visited neighboring country Venezuela. During his trip, the Venezuelan Minister of the same ministry offered medical training to several students from Curacao. According the Minister, this is a generous gesture from the South American country. “This gesture is even without immediately expecting something in return,” the Minister said.

According to the President of the Association of Medical Specialists Curaçao, Nena Abbad,  this is not as easy as it sounds. In an article which appeared in the Dutch morning newspaper, Antilliaans Dagblad, the President of the association indicates that the students cannot work in Curaçao once they are done with their education.

This has to do with the demands, the association stipulates for medical specialists to work here in Curaçao. For example, they will still have to do a large part of their residency here on the island.

A law to allow graduates from abroad, who are not registered with the local association, has been in the making for years, according to the newspaper.

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