The Cayman Islands Medical and Dental Society have confirmed that Dr. Howard Deosaran was forced to step down as President last week after members passed a vote of no confidence against him at their annual AGM.
The vote of no confidence came after Mr. Deosaran and another CIMDS council member, Dr. Dirk Belfonte, wrote an unauthorised letter on the council’s letterhead to Government officials, calling for limits on the number of work permits granted to foreign doctors.
According to a notice sent to CIMDS members advising of the AGM, the letter was written by Mr. Belfonte and Mr. Deosaran and signed by Mr. Deosaran without the consent or knowledge of other council members.
‘The parties involved claim it was a personal letter, although it implied otherwise,’ the notice stated.
The notice said all facts about the matter would be presented to the membership at the AGM and a vote would be held regarding whether the two officers had committed a serious breach of trust.
It is understood the motion was passed 41 votes to 20.
Dr. John Addleson will take over as CIMDS President in the interim, with a new council and leadership to be appointed in September or October.
Mr. Addleson said that the CIMDS had not passed any resolution on the issue of work permits for foreign doctors.
‘We felt that Mr. Deosaran was putting forward an essentially private view.’
Mr. Deosaran refused to comment on the decision, saying public reporting on the issue would undermine public confidence in the medical profession.
Mr. Addleson said the CIMDS would be having further discussion to see whether it needed to reassess its position on how the workforce is constituted.
‘We need to work out whether this is a big issue and some dialogue needs to take place between CIMDS, the Medical and Dental Council and Immigration.’
‘The needs for the community seem to be being served by the number of physicians on the island.’
‘Up until now there has not been a manpower issue – there are not any out of work doctors on the island.’