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Parliament’s EHRTC resumes inquiries today

PARLIAMENT’s Education and Human Resources Training Committee (EHRTC) will resume inquiries into the ‘Training of Medical Practitioners’ today at the National Parliament.

The Education and Human Resources Training Committee is one of the ten Standing Select Committees of Parliament.

Last year, the Committee inquired into hearings and visits with the inclusion of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services; the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development; the Ministry of Development Planning and Aid Coordination and the Solomon Islands National University’s School of Nursing and Health Alliance.

According to Parliament’s Media Communications, this second phase will involve consultations with individual medical practitioners who benefited from the Cuban Medical Programme before visiting medical institutions in the country.

These would include Atoifi School of Nursing in Malaita and the Helena Goldie College of Nursing in the Western Province.

Hon. Nestor Giro, Chairperson of the EHRTC said, it is important that the Committee determine information by providing an avenue for all stakeholders to contribute in discussing national issues, in relation to Parliament Standing Order 71C.

Hence, the Committee resolves in its terms of reference to inquire into the training and certification of health and medical practitioners in Solomon Islands, in particular the following areas:

  • Examine the types and relevance of training, standards of certification and award of qualification for medical doctors, nurses, dentists and other health care practitioners;
  • Review in-service training plans and schemes for medical and health care practitioners provided by government ministries or their sponsors;
  • Examine any other matter relating to training and practice certification of medical health and care practitioners
  • Conduct site inspections to existing medical and health facilities;
  • The said inquiry is to be conducted in parts (Phase 1 and Phase 2); and
  • Reports to Parliament on its findings and recommendations.

The Committee is chaired by Hon. Nestor Giro, MP for Central Makira with the following members; Hon Dickson Mua Panakitasi, MP for Savo/Rusell, Hon Peter Tom, MP for West Kwaio, Hon Commis Mewa, MP for Temotu Nende, Hon Dr Derek Sikua, MP For North East Guadalcanal, Hon Andrew Manepora’s, MP for East Are’are and Hon Matthew Wale, MP for Aoke/Langalanga.

The Committee welcomes submissions from the public concerning its above mentioned terms of reference. Written submissions can be emailed to the Committee Secretary via the following email: or to the Chairman of the Education & Human Resources Training Committee, National Parliament of Solomon Islands P.O Box G19 Honiara.

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