Out of place

Dr. Alfred Sparman
Dr. Alfred Sparman

Controversial cardiologist, Dr. Alfred Sparman is considering legal action regarding the publication of a list, which revealed that his name was missing from the register of medical specialists in Barbados.

Sparman told a news briefing this afternoon at his Bellville, St. Michael clinic, that he was seeking legal advice, claiming that the publication was a breach of High Court proceedings.

The doctor said the list should not have been made public because his application for registration as a specialist, submitted to the Medical Council since last year, was still to be determined by Justice Margaret Reifer, following his filing for a judicial review on the application. He said that up to this day, he has not received any response from the Medical Council on his application, even though, in his estimation, he has met all of the requirements necessary to be formally certified as a practising specialist.

Sparman told reporters that even though he had not been formally certified by the council, the High Court has ruled that no action should be taken against him, until the matter was determined.

In the meantime, the doctor alleges that the publication of the list had damaged his professional reputation, his practice and the ability of The Sparman Clinic to provide an environment where his patients and staff could comfortably come and do their business.

“I am legally registered to practice in Barbados. I have paid my registration fees and done the CME credits required by the Barbados Medical Council (and) I have met and exceeded all the requirements of the Barbados Medical Council for specialist registration,” asserted the medical practitioner.

“I have lifted the standards of cardiology in Barbados by successfully introducing angioplasty and stenting for the last 12 years, with a complication rate of less than 0.1 per cent [way below the rates in the US]; and in February 2013, I was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology, a title that many colleagues covet.”.

Sparman also insisted that he had met the “grandfather clause” in the Medical Professions Act, where a practitioner could be declared a specialist, once he had practised in Barbados for 10 years. Sparman showed reporters a long list of qualifications and international commendations, which he reasoned, made him over qualified.

The cardiologist suggested that the premature disclosure of the list and breach had nothing to do with his qualifications, but jealousy.

“I believe this situation is not about qualifications or experience, it is jealousy. I don’t know, but these are the facts and left the public decide,” concluded Sparman.

He made it clear that he was here to stay and said he believed that the final outcome of the application before the court, would be in his favour. (EJ)

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