Published On: Wed, Apr 10th, 2013

Contract Health Inspector not renewed

Jan HuurmanWILLEMSTAD –  To ensure continuity within the Inspectorate for Health and to guarantee the outstanding position of the inspector for Healthcare after the departure of Mr. Jan Huurman, the position will be filled internally. This is according to Acting Inspector General for Health Joe Alcala. Huurman's last day is May 3, 2013.

Alcala is glad that Huurman agreed to help in an emergency for the last months. According to Alcala work is underway to fill the position of Health Inspector. The job ad has not yet been posted. The Council of Ministers must still give its approval. That a successor will come is a fait accompli. "It is a critical position that has to be filled. The interpretation of Huurman was transient," said Alcala.

Huurman was since last August involved in the inspection. Earlier this year, his contract was renewed for four months. For the government, a second extension is not an option. "We need to look for a permanent solution and not on contracts," said the Inspector General. According to him, the recruitment and selection process might take a while. To ensure continuity within the Inspectorate, the outstanding position of the inspector for Healthcare will be filled internally. Thus, the technical staff who work side by side with Huurman will continue doing their work. Meanwhile, there were already conversations with Huurman on how to complete pending cases.

Last year we launched the procedure for the vacancies of Health inspector and deputy inspector. At that time, no suitable candidate was found. The inspection has submitted a proposal to the Cabinet to make the salary more attractive. Huurman filled the gap at the Inspectorate in his own style. So he tried to give more openness to informations received by the Inspectorate. He made extensive use of the media. All hospitals in Curacao received a designation of the inspector. Also he closed temporarily nursing homes that do not meet the quality requirements. Recently Huurman stumbled on claim fraud with medical specialists. That case is still pending.

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