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ERHA CEO reinstated after board meeting

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Sacked CEO of the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA), Dr Ameena Ali, was back in her position yesterday, after Health Minister Fuad Khan stepped in to calm an impasse within the authority. In a release yesterday, the ministry said the decision came after Khan met yesterday with Ali, chairman Dr Stephen Bhagan and members of the board. It said issues that were of concern to all parties were discussed at the meeting, which it described as cordial and advisory, adding “everyone had the opportunity to speak openly and freely.”  


The release said several issues were raised, some of which were resolved, while others required further clarification and detailing. It added, however, that after the meeting it was agreed the letter of termination to Ali would be withdrawn. A retreat will also be planned in the near future to ensure continued positive working relationship, good governance and proper industrial relation practices with the ERHA.


The board had announced its decision to fire Ali over the weekend, noting it had come after repeated complaints of poor performance. Specialist ERHA staff, including doctors and nurses, had reportedly threatened mass resignations over the issues raised. The ERHA covers the Sangre Grande Hospital, Mayaro District Medical facility and 15 clinics within the region.


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