– Director, Region 6 Regional Health Services
THE Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported that Director of Regional Health Services, Region Six (East Berbice- Corentyne), Jevaughn Andrew Stephen on Friday last refuted statements published in several media outlets stating,“CEO of the New Amsterdam Hospital fired.”
At a press conference held Friday morning at the Regional Health Services, Stephen noted that Samantha Kennedy who was appointed approximately two months ago to fill the post of acting chief executive officer at the New Amsterdam Hospital, “Still serves in that capacity and has not been fired.”
The release said that according to Stephen, the statement was made by a People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) regional councillor Zamal Hussain, on Thursday, February 8, 2019 during the Regional Democratic Council’s statutory meeting.
However, the director pointed out that he could not have refuted the claim at that moment, because he is only allowed to speak at the RDC meeting when permitted by the regional chairman.
Stephen said a few minutes prior to Friday’s press conference, he was involved in a meeting with the Acting Chief Executive Officer Dr. Samantha Kennedy and other doctors and regional executives. Stephen noted that during the meeting, Dr. Kennedy pledged to continue working towards setting standards at the New Amsterdam Hospital in order to better serve the residents of East Berbice- Corentyne.
Recently, a protest led by the same councillor was held in front of the New Amsterdam Hospital calling on the Ministry of Public Health to remove Dr. Kennedy from her position.