Saturday, January 9, 2016

Health Saga in Tobago

Dr. Maria Dillon-Remy 
The Director of Medicine on the Tobago Regional Health Authority Board, Dr Maria Dillon-Remy yesterday tendered her resignation from the board with immediate effect.

The T&T Guardian understands that Dillon-Remy cited personal reasons for her resignation. 

However, the decision comes on the heels of the announcement that three doctors had been suspended by the TRHA over their involvement in the c-section surgery and subsequent death of nursery school principal Rose Gordon 35, of Charlotteville. 

Dillon-Remy, a pediatrician, has been attached to the TRHA since 1997 and reportedly plans to return to her private practice.

Dillon-Remy was a part of a nine-member board which was given their instruments of appointment in March 2014. The life of the board was expected to last two years and was scheduled to be dissolved in March this year.

In November 2014, mere eight months after the board was constituted, the chairman, Trevor Craig, also resigned. 

At the time, Craig said the “dishonest” actions of the Secretary of Health and Social Services, Claudia Groome-Duke, prompted his resignation. 

His resignation came after a row over the payment of a $1,000 telephone allowance to the board members. 

Since then, deputy chair Lydia Peters has been acting as board chair.
With the loss of two board members, however, the TRHA board is now not properly constituted and can no longer function.

Efforts to contact Groome-Duke yesterday were unsuccessful as she did not answer her cellphone nor return messages.


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