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Concerns over unemployable medical graduates in Solomon Islands

Concerns over unemployable medical graduates in Solomon Islands

Updated 8 June 2015, 18:07 AEST

The Solomon Islands Health ministry has admitted a large proportion of its medical students being trained in Cuba won't be able to employed within the country's health system when they return home.

Around 100 Solomon Islanders are taking part in the scheme -- that sees medical students from developing countries like Kiribati, Vanuatu and Nauru sent to Cuba for around seven years of education.

But with the return of the first group of 22 doctors last year, various questions are now being raised -- including queries about the quality of their training and the overall feasability of the program.

Catherine Graue reports.

Presenter: Catherine Graue

Speakers: Dr Eileen Natuzzi, Solomon Islands Living Memorial program; Dr Tenneth Dalipanda, Solomon Islands Permanent Secretary of Health

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