FLASHBACK: Dr Avinash Sawh, apologises for his controversial remarks during a virtual press conference on Wednesday 11 November 2020. (Image: SHARLENE RAMPERSAD)

The Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago (MBTT) has started an investigation into the conduct of Dr Avinash Sawh.

Sawh apologised on Wednesday for racist and derogatory comments that he made during several conversations with an employee. Recordings of the conversation were leaked on social media last Wednesday, leading to a massive public outcry for Sawh’s medical license to be revoked.

In a press release on Thursday morning, the MBTT said it strongly condemns any form of racial discrimination, racial slurs or verbal abuse by registered medical practitioners.

“These actions can be potentially construed as infamous and disgraceful conduct on the part of a doctor, as defined in the Medical Board Act,” the release stated.

The MBTT said in light of this, its Council has decided to launch an investigation into Sawh’s behaviour.

“As an initial step, correspondence will be sent to Dr Avinash Sawh seeking an explanation,” the release said.