The Medical Council of Jamaica has extended its congratulations to Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson, who has been awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class (CD).
Ferguson is among the 138 persons who will be formally conferred with a national award by Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, during the Ceremony of Investiture and National Awards at King's House tomorrow.
In his commendation, Dr John Hall, chairman of the Medical Council, expressed appreciation for Dr Ferguson's support of the organisation.
"The council is very pleased that the work of the honourable minister has been recognised at a national level at such a critical time in health care," said Dr Hall, as he saluted his colleague who has been a dental surgeon for the past 33 years.
"We have had an opportunity to work with Minister Ferguson and he has given his support in various areas. His concern has been particularly in the areas of licensing of doctors, as well as the critical role they play in health care," added Dr Hall.
The Medical Council of Jamaica regulates the conditions of medical practice across Jamaica.
Under the Medical Act of Jamaica, the council is required to register medical practitioners; set the required standards and hours of Continuing Medical Education, and ensure the maintenance of proper standards of professional conduct by registered medical practitioners.