Former premier Ewart Brown has categorically rejected insinuations that he pushed for the firing of Tawanna Wedderburn the former CEO of the Bermuda Health Council.
A Royal Gazette story headlined “Wedderburn back story: Brown’s fee cuts anger” implied that Dr Brown’s well publicised discontent with the Health Council and the former One Bermuda Alliance administration, over policies which he said amounted to a political and personal vendetta, amounted to evidence that he was behind Tawanna Wedderburn’s exit.
My anger over the racist vendetta cuts of our imaging fees was expressed in 2017. Ms. Wedderburn ‘s dismissal had nothing to do with any action on my part. I do not have the authority to make that kind of decision,” he told Politica.
As detailed in the story, Dr Brown made no secret of his view that a number of individuals, including Wedderburn had collaborated in the alleged vendetta.
Those claims, made during the OBA’s tenure in office, were consistently denied by the then government.
Wedderburn’s exit from the BHC was announced in a terse press release late last year after years with the council, the last two of which were as CEO.
In a letter to the media last month, Livingston Wedderburn said his wife’s departure was forced and without warning.
Who plotted and led the charge on the night of the long knives and who appointed and/or instructed them? he wrote.
Dr Brown has blamed the political leadership of the OBA for harming his businesses when imaging fees were cut during that party’s administration – and named Wedderburn as an implementor of the new policies.
The Progressive Labour Party government compensated the former Premier’s businesses and the Bermuda Hospitals Board for losses stemming from the fees reduction.
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