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UTech public health students internships to go on

Published:Tuesday | February 3, 2015 | 2:26 AM

Officials at the University of Technology (UTech) and the health ministry have resolved a dispute which had left some students at the university in danger of missing out on their graduation this year.



A new requirement by the health ministry that it be paid to host interns had stalled the training of UTech's public health students who were expected to begin their internships on January 12.



Head, School of Public Health and Health Technology, Professor Winston Davidson, had written to students explaining the delay and informing them that it had requested a stay of the health ministry's decision.



Yesterday evening, a release from the health ministry said following a meeting earlier in the day, it has agreed to employ 32 interns from UTech's present batch of students in the Environmental Health Programme.



It said UTech would explore providing the necessary funding for another nine students.



Speaking with The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre last evening, Professor Davidson, said the school would immediately begin making arrangements for the students to begin their internships.



The Health ministry had said the internships can begin as soon as UTech is able to make the necessary arrangements with the Regional Health Authorities.



However, Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Kevin Harvey, says UTech will still be required to cover the cost of training its students in clinical health facilities in keeping with a Clinical Training Agreement with UTech.



The agreement covers programmes including General Nursing, Advanced Nursing, Paramedical, Medical and Dental, Pharmacy, Dietetic and Nutrition and Health Information Technology.



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