Published On: Mon, May 4th, 2015

Dark clouds gather over appointment transition manager new hospital

Elisa CarterWILLEMSTAD – The appointment of Elisa Carter as a transition manager for the new hospital threatens to lead to serious problems between the St. Elisabeth Hospital (SEHOS) and The Minister of Public Health, Dr. Ben Whiteman.

Elisa Carter must, if it is up to the government, manage the transition from the old hospital to the Hospital Nobo Otrobanda (HNO), which is the new hospital. According to the minister, he has discussed this will all parties involved.

Carter, according to Whiteman, has experience with similar processes. “And since she's a woman, and also as a dark-colored woman who was appointed as a member of the Council for Public Health in the Netherlands, is for me a testament to her abilities,” said the Minister.

At SEHOS, there are some who are not happy with the possible arrival of Carter. “I understand that somebody gave the order make copies of a negative newspaper article about her and to share this with the hospital staff. This is to negatively influence them,” said Whiteman.

Earlier, the government had already announced that the funds they are going to make available to get SEHOS out of its financial doldrums, incorporate terms and conditions. One is that there will be external oversight on the affairs of the hospital. The appointment of Carter should be placed in that context.

To the displeasure of the directors of SEHOS who prefer to do it all themselves, according to the minister.

According to Whiteman someone at SEHOS single handedly made changes to the contract that was agreed upon with Carter. Carter then left the island without signing the contract. The minister did not say who made the changes. He indicated that there is smear campaign waged against Carter.

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