Monday 21 September, 2020

T&T probes doctor convicted of Michael Jackson's death

The Ministry of Health has launched an investigation to determine if Grenadian-born Dr Conrad Murray, the cardiologist charged and convicted of the involuntary manslaughter of Pop Legend Michael Jackson, is attending to patients in T&T.

Jackson died while under Murray’s care in 2009 from “acute propofol intoxication.” 

Murray’s medical licences for California and Nevada were immediately suspended in the wake of his four-year conviction in 2011, for which he served two due to California state’s decision to reduce prison overcrowding.Texas also revoked his licence in 2013.

A statement from the Ministry of Health said it had been made aware of the allegation that Dr Murray was treating patients at a local private medical facility without the required medical license.

It noted that pursuant to the Medical Board Act, Chapter 29:50, the Council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago (MBTT) is responsible for the registration/ licensure of medical practitioners and the enforcement against persons who are who are not duly registered/ licensed but purport to practise medicine.

The statement added that in order to ensure the safety of the public, the Ministry of Health is investigating the matter and is liaising with the Council in this respect.

The Health Ministry also outlined that further enquiries into this matter should be directed to the Council of the Medical Board.

Murray, who grew up in Trinidad and Tobago, was spotted during Carnival in 2015 and had spoken with media while playing mas with Island People.

He had acknowledged his intent to set up a health care facility in Trinidad. 

To practise medicine in Trinidad and Tobago, one must have a medical degree from an established Medical Educational Institution recognized by the MBTT. The individual must also register with and receive a licence from the Medical Board which must be renewed yearly. 

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