TRHA to get new CEO after Carnival

By Adamson Charles

A new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) is expected to be officially announced after Carnival.

This assurance was given by Secretary for Health and Social Services Claudia Groome-Duke during an exclusive interview with Tobago News last Sunday.

Contacted by telephone for updates on several outstanding issues plaguing the health system of the island, Groome-Duke expressed confidence in her ability to resolve them in the shortest possible time period. "I would have liked to announce the new CEO before Carnival but the matter is before the Executive Council and once the nominee is ratified there, we would be in a position to make the necessary announcement soon," she said.

However, a Newsday article on Wednesday quoted Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan confirming that former chief executive officer (CEO) of the South-West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Paula Chester-Cumberbatch, has been offered the post of CEO of the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA). Cumberbatch also confirmed she was interviewed for the position, adding that she is eager to begin work in Tobago.

On the plight of the Tobago graduate nurses, who have been unemployed since last year April, Groome-Duke reiterated that all nurses would come on board very soon. As soon as we have completed the filling of vacancies for our senior staff nurses, there would be room for all the graduate nurses," she stressed.

On the issue of outstanding arrears for clerical staff of the TRHA, Groome-Duke revealed that there was a slight delay in the system while clarification on a certain issue was being sought between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Chief Personnel Officer (CPO). "This has since been resolved and TRHA staff is presently working assiduously on the calculations for each officer to receive his or her money," she stated. Questioned about reports of the hiring and firing of a podiatrist (food care specialist) after just a few months on the job, Groome-Duke expressed surprise about this new development. "I would have to seek further information about this and get back to you," she declared.

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wetfeet said on Wednesday, Mar 7 at 3:02 PM

It's the 7th march and still no monies paid out and besides its not only clerical staff that waiting on the rest of monies.Since January monthend when the then CEO said that all would be done paid.Maybe the finance department looking for overtime too because nobody can't seem to give a straight answer. Only when workers start to grumble something was done

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Concerned said on Thursday, Feb 23 at 4:32 PM

Oh God Oh! I don't want any human feet for dinner, But I like stew down chicken feet with dumplins. Get your facts straight.

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the virginian said on Sunday, Feb 19 at 11:16 AM

Tobago Mother,had I known that I would have reluctantly and temporarily suspended my conscience and integrity and fork it over since time was of the essence.But!

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Tobago Mother said on Saturday, Feb 18 at 2:45 PM

To Virginian, So you didn't know that you have to slip something over when you want documents same day. Ahh.

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Sandra D said on Saturday, Feb 18 at 10:56 AM

D calculations done since dey pay d last INCORRECT monies last year so what is the Honourable secretary really saying?? HUH!! Are they now in the process of calculating the corect figures and exactly how long is this one goin to take?

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the virginian said on Friday, Feb 17 at 6:43 PM

Of course that was just a typo.But why do things seem to take so doggone long to materialize there from initiation?Is it a case of too many hands pushing the same piece of paper in an inefficient govt system?In other words,make work. Case in point,while there last November, I tried to obtain a 5-page government document copy that should have been provided in no more than half hour that very day only to be informed that it would take 8 business days.Since I was captive,with no alternative,I simply shrugged,exhibited a sardonic smile and walked away.

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Bacolet said on Friday, Feb 17 at 7:36 AM

Great job editor! A podiatrist is not a 'food care specialist'.

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