The University Hospital of the West Indies, UHWI, has withdrawn the requirements for clinical students of the University of the West Indies, UWI, to sign a waiver.

The Release from Liability Form, proposed by the hospital, would waive all risks and responsibilities from the hospital if students contracted COVID-19, directly or indirectly, while conducting their clinical rotations.

Clinical rotations and direct care are mandatory requirements for the completion of programmes under the UWI’s Faculty of Medical Sciences.

But, the waiver also outlined that participation in the clinical sessions during the pandemic would be considered ‘voluntary’ and not ‘compulsory’.

According to the UHWI, the decision to withdraw the waiver follows consultation with various stakeholders, including clinical students using the facility.

President of the UWI Mona Guild of Students, Sujae Boswell, said the students played a major role in the decision making process.

Mr. Boswell also expressed gratitude to Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton and Attorney-at-Law Isat Buchanan for their advocacy on behalf of the students.

Sujae Boswell President of the UWI Mona Guild of Students.

Meanwhile, Public Relations and Communication Manager at the University Hospital, Nordia Francis Williams said following the consultations, the UHWI was led to reconsider the use of the form.

She says the purpose of the waiver was to protect both the students and the hospital.

Nordia Francis Williams, Public Relations and Communication Manager at the UHWI.