Junior medical doctors took to the streets here on Monday to protest the decision of the Ministry of Public Health to abolish the monthly allowance of Gourdes 9,000 (One Haitian Gourde=US$0.01 cents).
The doctors, who were trained at private universities and continuing their internship in hospitals, waved placards in support of their claims and urging the government to reverse the decision.
In a notice sent to the Deans of private universities, Dr. Laure Adrien, Director General of the Ministry of Public Health, announced the abolition of the monthly allowance for student doctors trained in private universities and continuing their internship in hospitals
'Considering the difficulties to control the number of graduating students from your universities and having regard to the requirements of the Public Treasury, the Ministry of Public Health and Population is obliged to cut this allowance as of this fiscal year,' Adrien said.
But the Forum of Interns of Private Faculties of Medicine (FIFMEP), which organised Monday's protest, denounced the decision which it described as 'discriminatory, arbitrary and unfair' since it does not concern internal physicians from State universities.
Deans of recognized medical faculties here have expressed...