Healthcare Council St. Maarten resigning en masse


PHILIPSBURG--The St. Maarten Healthcare Council has had enough. After waiting some three years, and despite appeals to several successive governments, the members of the nine-person advisory board are in the process of handing in a joint letter of resignation to Minister of Health Cornelius de Weever, The Daily Herald has learned from reliable sources.

Chief among their concerns is the fact that the current membership of the board already should have been reviewed back in 2009. The board was established in 2005 and has a four-year life span. Therefore, the current members are uncomfortable about their legal status.

Many of the members, who have fulltime jobs, also no longer have the time to give their advisory tasks the proper attention. They represent all the major groups in the healthcare sector, such as dentists, family doctors, pharmacists, etc.

Repeated requests for additional funds to help them better execute their advisory role apparently also have fallen on deaf ears. The council is expected to render independent advice on issues such as the expansion of the St. Maarten Medical Center or the approval of other new developments in the various areas of the healthcare sector.

Members of the council were unavailable for comment on Friday and because the Minister's office had not yet received the letter up to late yesterday afternoon, government officials reserved comment.