Discussed & Decision ‘Not To Engage Further’

February 7, 2019

Dr Ricky Brathwaite Bermuda February 2019The Bermuda Health Council Board “discussed the potential conflict of interest of the arrangement in June 2016, which resulted in the decision for Dr. Brathwaite not to engage further due to the potential perceived conflicts with Ms. Moulton’s then employer Lahey International,” the Health Council said today.

This follows after a report from ZBM last night, which said that Dr. Ricky Brathwaite previously partnered with Linda Moulton, who was “formerly responsible for attracting foreign business to the Lahey health clinic”.

ZBM noted that Ms Moulton came to Bermuda in 2016 to present a plaque to Dr Ewart Brown’s medical clinics for their role in initiating the visiting Lahey Specialist Program.

Bermuda Health Council Chair Dr Alicia Stovell-Washington said, “In May 2016, the Bermuda Health Council Board was made aware then Programme Manager Dr. Ricky Brathwaite incorporated a company called DYENIC Group International [standing for “Dynamic Youth Envisioning New Ideas for Change”].

“This initiative was one that Dr. Brathwaite had begun in 2001 while studying at the University of Maryland.

“Ms. Linda Moulton, whom Dr. Brathwaite met in Bermuda, then partnered with him on an expanded initiative to provide support to vulnerable youth and underserved communities in the United States and other African Diaspora countries outside of Bermuda.

“The Health Council Board discussed the potential conflict of interest of the arrangement in June 2016, which resulted in the decision for Dr. Brathwaite not to engage further due to the potential perceived conflicts with Ms. Moulton’s then employer Lahey International.

“The DYENIC arrangement was immediately terminated in June 2016, one month after conception. Dr. Brathwaite still volunteers as a mentor and provides support to programs for youth here in Bermuda and in the United States.

“Per recent statements, the Health Council would like to make mention that Dr. Ricky Brathwaite states that he has never engaged in relationships with any aspect of the Lahey business or Dr. Ewart Brown outside of his official capacity at the Council.”

Dr Brathwaite was appointed Acting CEO of the Health Council in December of last year after former CEO Tawanna Wedderburn’s employment was terminated.

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