Government Awaits Petition In Dr Jose Humphreys Situation


The government of Antigua and Barbuda says it discussed at its latest Cabinet meeting the removal of Dr. Jose Humphreys from the list of medical practitioners in Antigua and Barbuda.

Minister of Health Molwyn Joseph addressed the issue of the withdrawal and denial of a license to practice medicine, imposed on Dr. Jose Humphreys.

The Medical Act CAP 269 Section 12 permits anyone who is denied registration as a medical doctor, by the Medical Board, to appeal to the Cabinet by way of petition lodged with the Registrar who is required to bring the petition to the Cabinet Secretary.

The Cabinet has not been advised of a pending petition. However, the three months have not elapsed since the decision was made.

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  1. Cabinet better be careful that any decision it may make concerning this gentlemen is legally correct and meets the requirements of the law and is not an emotional decision otherwise it may end up in front the High Court on a Judicial Review Application seeking to review the lawfulness of their decision.


      Unfortunately, it is apparent that Cabinet has misguidedly or ill-advisedly looked at the ‘…Wrong Law.’

      The colonial ‘…Medical Act [Chapter 269: 1927/38] has been ‘…repealed and replaced’ with the Medical Practitioner’s Act [No. 3 of 2009].

      This Act now allows for ‘…appeals to the High Court of’ Justice [Section 15] and not by Petition to the Cabinet as the repealed law originally allowed.

  2. Point taken, but I believe that their legal team would be well aware of the ins and outs and once it is determined he meets the requirements within the confines of the law, then its a clear cut case. Its not like he didnt practice before and it is not like Antigua is the only place where he is registered.

  3. Up to now, I cannot hear the exact reason for the whole drama. Is the Guyanese med school accredited? Nobody is telling me about that school.

    • Frank, it seems the Medical Association is alleging the school he attended was not or is not accredited and further that he did not do a real multi-year internship in a recognized hospital facility as required of all doctors. Apparently, he claims to have done an internship at Belmont Clinic. They finally allege that he never took the usual medical certification exams taken by doctors to qualify. They seem to have asked mom to do this.

      • Are the Syrian, Indian, Filipino and Greek medical schools accredited too? We have doctors practicing here who attended med school in such countries. Hopefully the Medical Council goes after them with the same vigor and vitality.

        • Please provide an example of licensed doctors who went to the schools mentioned and faced no hurdle when getting licensed here?


      Commentary to be sent to this news portal,


      Bad legal advice among the known factors.

      The ‘…law specifies, individual complies.’

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