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Sands refutes claims doctor was fired

Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands yesterday refuted claims by the Bahamas Doctors Union (BDU) that a fellow physician, who served as an executive board member, was terminated last week without just cause and without warning.

He said the employee had a contract that was not extended upon its expiration.

“I spoke with the union president,” Sands said.

“We have a meeting scheduled for Wednesday.

“There has been no termination.

“The individual was a contracted employee, and his contract has expired, and he has not been offered another contract.”

BDU President Dr. Melisande Basset claimed that the doctor in question was dismissed because he has an outstanding legal issue with the Public Hospitals Authority.

She said the employee’s supervisor had targeted him more than once, and that his termination letter came just after he had sought legal redress. 

“I don’t believe that anybody has been targeted,” Sands said.

When asked what he hopes the upcoming meeting will accomplish, Sands said, “I think communication is always helpful in order to allay any false impressions, to continue dialogue.”

Rachel Knowles

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues.
Education: Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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