The Belize Medical and Dental Association (BMDA) has expressed their concerns about doctors employed in the public sector who are not allowed to operate in their private facilities under the current State of Emergency regulations. According to Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero, they are prepared to enter into negotiations to forge a way forward. He stated, however, that both sides have to be willing to compromise.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “We are in discussion with the BMDA. The last discussion I had with Dr.Moguel maybe a couple weeks ago was requesting from him as well what could possibly be brought to the table in terms of a negotiation agreement to have that element in the SI be revisited then instead of just saying “okay can we do both public and private.” because for the most part doctors get a non private practice allowance so that I guess is going to be part of the negotiation agreement as we move along.”
Courtney Menzies, Love FM News: “So but what would be the reason for them not being able to work in their private clinics as well as the public hospitals ?
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “One of the key reason highlighted was I know people were talking about cross contamination, it’s not that you are going to be more exposed in your private practice that’s not necessarily and I think that’s where it’s been misinterpreted. One of the key questions we had was what happens if you become exposed in the private practice and you can’t come back to the public sector let’s say you have to be in quarantine two, three weeks how is that going to affect the health system? Let’s say 50% of your doctors do private practice and all of them get exposed for some reason and it has happened it happened in the first cases we had, 50% of the staff is going to be out on quarantine because of what they were doing in private sector how is the health system compensated, how do you take concern in that regard and where can you take it from a legal standpoint ? That’s one of the main reasons that particular item was cited it surely will be revisited as we move along.”