Speech by Dr. Joe Cassar - Event for Doctors in Training
SPEECH BY THE HON JOSEPH CASSAR, MINISTER OF HEALTH, THE ELDERLY AND COMMUNITY CARE, AT DOCTORS IN TRAINING EVENT – FLORIANA – 25TH AUGUST 2010
I would like to start by thanking the Medical Association of Malta for inviting me to address a meeting on specialist training.
As all of you know my government and MAM have a commitment to continue to develop post graduate training in Malta, with a Vision of excellence at European Level. This commitment is not only aimed at retaining young doctors in Malta, but also at guaranteeing the quality of the future generation of medical specialists.
Since 2003 legislation, setting up the infrastructure through the specialist accreditation committee, (formed mostly by the relevant specialist association) has been functioning, developing curricula and certifying both training programmes and trainees. I must personally thank all those members of the medical profession who have taken a genuine interest in furthering this cause.
As you know, the Ministry for Health, the Elderly and Community Care is the provider (and funder) of post-graduate training in Malta. It is in the common interest of both the medical profession and the patients we serve, to strive for high standards in the delivery of post-graduate training. While most programmes are performing satisfactorily, there are some areas which need attention and it is for this reason that I have set up a committee chaired by Dr. Charles Mallia Azzopardi, who I must thank for his interest and efforts.
Indeed during my tenure both as Parliamentary Secretary and now as Minister, I am proud to say that the experience in introducing the foundation programme has been a success, not only because many more local graduates have decided to stay in Malta, but also by observing the enthusiasm of both trainers and trainees participating in this programme.
While we seem to be on the right track, I look forward to the talks being delivered today and encourage MAM to continue fostering a culture of constant improvement in post-graduate training. For this reason I cannot but congratulate MAM not only for organizing this event but also for the initiative in getting this ESF grant to provide an E-learning service in post-graduate medical training.
While thanking MAM and Dr. Balzan again for this invitation, I assure you that in our constant discussions on union matters, we only have one important thing on our mind – the patients.
D.O.I. – 26.08.2010