Association of Public Service Senior Managers is tonight condemning in the strongest of terms the acts and treatment of Doctor Marvin Manzanero by the Ministry of Health. The APSSM says that it is disappointed and condemns the ministry’s utter disregard of due process concerning Dr. Manzanero and his position as the Director of Health Service. The APSSM is arguing that Manzanero is a long-serving public servant who entered the public service in 2006 as the HIV coordinator and worked his way up, where in 2015 he was appointed by the Public Service Commission as Director of Health Services (DHS). APSSM President Sharon Frazer says that regardless of what has been said and representation being made by the Briceno Administration, Doctor Manzanero remains as the duly appointed and commissioned Director of Health Services.
Sharon Frazer, President, APSSM: “Why it concerned us was the fact that if it can happen to him it can happen to any one of us especially if it is that nothing is being said about it. He was unceremoniously removed in fact I believe that he was replaced even, maybe it is I’m not sure I think I would have had my time right he was in fact replaced even before he actually went on sick leave. Understanding that he was on sick leave it would have meant that yes you needed to put somebody to act in the position but one of the things that concerned me personally was the fact that who appointed any acting Director of Health Services ? So we’re not dealing with personalities. My question was who appointed this Acting Director especially when the Public Service Commission was not functioning at the time. There are processes and procedures in which public officers can be appointed. Is it that the move is being made to convert this particular position from a 106 to a 107 as well? And even if that is the case, even if that is the case there is a present holder of the position and nobody else can be given that position unless and until the position becomes vacant.”
The APSSM also expressed the disappointment of action taken by the Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry. The Association views that the suggestion or inference that Dr Manzanero may be guilty of misconduct in the performance of his duty during a pandemic as very serious, especially in the absence of no rule book to base such positions on.