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TRHA Manager quits amidst queries

By Adamson Charles

In yet another high profile resignation, Marilyn Taylor-Duncan, who was hired as a General Manager for Organisational Effectiveness in the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA), quit her position after questions over her Masters' Degree (MA) qualifications surfaced recently.

Taylor-Duncan, who was surprisingly given a short stint to act as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), when Paul Taylor, who was acting in the position at the time had taken a few days leave, has also reportedly left the island for the United States of America (USA).

According to inside sources, Taylor-Duncan had just been in the job for a mere two months, when she was asked to act as the CEO. This latest development has once again thrown the spotlight on the recruitment and hiring practices of the TRHA. It has been a thorny issue ever since Dr. Mentor Melville waged a sustained battle with a previous TRHA Board headed by Insurance Executive Keith Charles after he was bypassed for the position of CEO in favour of George Bell. A rampant Dr. Melville charged that the entire recruitment and hiring process was unfair and unjust.

He was able to unearth documentary evidence to support his contention that Bell did not possess the required academic qualifications for the job. After several media expose on the issue, Bell resigned from the post. Under a newly configured Board headed by former Unit Trust Corporation (UTC) Tobago Manager Jennifer Sampson-Brown the TRHA restarted the entire process.

Following months of uncertainty, when once again lingering questions resurfaced about the recruitment process, former CEO of the Southwest Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Paula Chester-Cumberbatch was hired to the top health post a mere two weeks ago. Many health professionals are looking on with baited breath to see how the new CEO would deal with the many challenges confronting the healthcare system of the sister-isle. After receiving information from a reliable health source about the flight of Taylor-Duncan, efforts to contact Chester-Cumberbatch were unsuccessful.

Tobago News was finally able to get Secretary for Health and Social Services Claudia Groome-Duke to comment on the issue last week Thursday. She confirmed that Taylor-Duncan had submitted her resignation to the TRHA. "I have been holding discussions with both the CEO and the Chairman of the Board on the issue," she declared. Questioned about the seeming lack of due diligence in the recruitment and hiring process of the TRHA, Groome-Duke stressed that this matter was already being addressed. "We have put the necessary systems in place that would allow us to do the kind of background checks on all staff hired to work in our health care system," she stated.

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Linda Smith said on Saturday, Mar 17 at 4:17 AM

Why do people lie about their qualifications only to be found out? It shows total disregard for fellow staff and those on the receiving end of the service.She obviosly intended to bluff her way through. Shame on you madam.

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Bago Critic said on Thursday, Mar 22 at 3:27 AM

I am very glad that all d cob web being unweaved now.................Too much nonsense going in in small Tobago, I wait with bated breath for the rest to uncover

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Long Mango said on Thursday, Mar 22 at 10:39 AM

Linda Smith you are so wrong,where is your proof that the lady lied about her qualification,do you not find it strange that George Bell former CEO WAS NOT QUALIFIED,and so was the recently recruited Human Resource Manager.I dont believe that any of the three resignations has to do with the Recruitment Department of the TRHA.I hold the strong view that this PNM administration is directly responsible for these miss- appointment they just don't care about quality and transparency,once your are a PNM stooge you good to go.And that explain in part why Tobago health system and Tobagoians are daily experiencing so much PAIN.If i can appeal to the Secretary for Health to refrain from passing blame on the hard working staff of the Recruitment Department and focus your attention on your Exc,Council,and the BOD OF Directors you may get the right results.

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Anonymous said on Thursday, Mar 22 at 3:20 PM

Why was she not given the chance,to prove herself. WE have qualified workers in places that cant do their jobbs, whats this about.

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Tobago Mother said on Sunday, Mar 25 at 9:35 PM

In these times when there is an accreditation office at Crown Point- to check on these things , I find it passing strange that these people are not well scrutinized. In fact it sounds foolish to contemplate.

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Blacka said on Friday, Mar 30 at 1:30 PM

Long Mango, this woman was appointed under the PP Administration and NOT the PNM, stop lying. Gosh, you so looking out for that piece of land promised to you by Jackal eh...that you lying on other people to get it. Are you willing to sell yourself so short to get this piece of land???....steups.

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doctor pendelosa, what said on Saturday, Mar 31 at 8:42 AM

happened to him?

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Apr 1 at 1:44 PM

People lie because it looks better than the truth

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