“We are concerned to the learn the news that the Chief of Staff has been put on administrative leave given that this is a very senior position at KEMH,” OBA MP Louise Jackson said.
The Bermuda Hospitals Board [BHB] recently confirmed that the hospital’s Chief of Staff, Dr Donald Thomas, is currently on “administrative leave while a Board review is carried out,” however declined to comment further.
Mrs Jackson noted that there has not been a formal explanation offered by the Minister nor the BHB, and asked a number of questions:
- “Why was the decision taken to put Dr. Thomas on leave?
- How long is it anticipated that he will be on leave, and is it paid leave?
- Is there an internal review or investigation underway — and if so, when is this likely to be concluded?
- Was the decision based on a single issue or have there been other issueswhich led to this decision?
- Has an interim/acting Chief of Staff been appointed in the meantime?”
In response, a BHB spokesperson said: “The Board is committed to ensuring it works in line with its policiesand obligations, and that includes not commenting on individual matters.
“BHB has a full team of medical chiefs who are continuing to lead their respective areas and are currently covering the Chief of Staff role via an administrative rota as interim arrangements are put in place.”