Renowned Cardiologist Dr. Devi Shetty says his group plans to establish a medical school in Cayman this September.
“The best gift you can give to the younger generation is a degree in medical sciences,” says Dr. Shetty.
He’s in talks with an unnamed local institution to house the school until he builds a facility two to three years down the road. It will cater to 100 students and he hopes Caymanians will enroll.
“No country should depend on the foreign medical specialists to look after the healthcare of their country. It’s very important that (the) Caymanian government (and the) Caymanian people train adequate numbers of doctors, nurses (and) technicians to look after their own healthcare,” Dr. Shetty says.
He believes Caymanians will flock to the profession if there’s a world class training facility locally. He points that of the 700 school leavers each year, only a handful of them end up studying medicine.
“We believe that given an opportunity, if there is a good medical school in the island, out of the 700, at least 100 of them will opt for either medical courses, nursing courses or paramedic courses,” Dr. Shetty points out.
He boasts that his institution will be better equipped to fully train medical students than others in the region –another selling point to attract Caribbean students.
Dr. Shetty points out that this is a career field that has registered growth at times when many others are shrinking. He says he’s confident the health sector is going to drive the world economy of the 21st Century.
The medical school is part of a health city Dr. Shetty plans to build on 200 acres of land in East End. Construction of a 140-bed hospital is phase one—that’s expected to start this August.
Shetty appears on BBC’s HARDtalk
Meantime, Dr. Shetty is denying that his Cayman project is simply about making a profit.
He was interviewed on the BBC’s HARDtalk programme today, 9 January 2012.
Dr. Shetty says what he plans to do here will show that it’s possible to deliver affordable and quality healthcare at half of what it costs in the United States. The Indian surgeon describes the current healthcare model used in the United States, United Kingdom and Europe as a disaster waiting to happen.