No word yet on HSA chief’s fate

Health Services Authority Chairman of the Board Al Ebanks said Thursday he had no announcement to make yet on whether CEO Craig Brown was going to remain in his post.

Last week, Health Minister Anthony Eden said he expected the HSA Board to make a decision on Mr. Brown at its meeting on Wednesday.

Whether that decision was made or not, Mr. Ebanks would not say.

‘I don’t have anything new to tell you,’ Mr. Ebanks said. ‘I don’t know what the Minister said, but I have said I’ll talk to the press next week.’

In a press statement made last week, Mr. Ebanks said he planned to meet with HSA staff today and talk to the press the following week.

‘I have some things that need to be said publicly, and I will say them then,’ he said Thursday. ‘I would hope to be able to speak clearly, fairly and comprehensively when that time comes.’

Mr. Ebanks said he would answer whatever questions he could answer from the media next week, and he acknowledged that he expected to be asked about Mr. Brown’s status.

‘I know that is what the media wants to know, and it’s what the public wants to know,’ he said.

Mr. Brown, who has only held the CEO post a little less than six months, ran into controversy for his handling of the dismissal of former Chief Operating Officer Cathy Gomez, and for at least one other incident that has caused Mr. Eden to question his business decorum.

Last week in his press statement, Mr. Ebanks said that any changes in staff employment were to be carried out in consultation with those impacted and with utmost sensitivity.

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