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Ministry of Health Splits the Post of the DHS into Two

A slew of legislation was rammed through the House of Representatives and ten of them had to do with the post of the Director of Health Services. The Briceno Administration passed the ten bills that will seek to abolish the DHS post and provide for two separate posts: a Director of Public Health and Wellness and a Director of Hospital Services. Yesterday Prime Minister John Briceno said that it has nothing to do with Doctor Marvin Manzanero, but rather to make the Ministry of Health and Wellness more effective. Today Opposition Leader Patrick Faber asked Health and Wellness Minister Michel Chebat, what’s the rush?

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “Mr.Speaker I seek your permission and indulgence of this honorable house to introduce the other bills all at once. These are the bills for an act to amend the Medical Services and Institutions Act Chapter 39, the Medical Practice Act number 28 of 2013, the Antibiotics Act Chapter 33, the Quarantine Act Chapter 41, the Social Security Board Act Chapter 44, the Shops Acts Chapter 287, the Chemist and Druggist Act Chapter 311, the Dentist Act Chapter 316, the Opticians Act Chapter 322 and the Registration of Nursing Homes Act Chapter 324 of the substantive laws of Belize revised edition 2011 to replace the term Director of Health Services with the Director of Hospital Service and Allied Health and to provide for the Director of Public Health and Wellness and to provide for other matters connected therewith or incidental there to. Mr.Speaker these bills have the recommendation of the Cabinet.”

House Speaker: “Honorable members those bills are referred ot the Public Service, Labor, Industry and Trade committee for examination, consideration and report.” 

These are the bills for an act to amend the Medical Services and Institutions Act Chapter 39,  the Medical Practice Act number 28 of 2013, the Antibiotics Act Chapter 33, the Quarantine Act Chapter 41, the Social Security Board Act Chapter 44, the Shops Acts Chapter 287, the Chemist and Druggist Act Chapter 311, the Dentist Act Chapter 316, the Opticians Act Chapter 322 and the Registration of Nursing Homes Act Chapter 324 of the substantive laws of Belize revised edition 2011 to replace the term Director of Health Services with the Director of Hospital Service and Allied Health and to provide for the Director of Public Health and Wellness and to provide for other matters connected therewith or incidental there to.”

House Speaker:I recognize the honorable Minister of Health and Wellness.”

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “Mr. Speaker in accordance with standing order number 49, 1 I move that these bills be taken through all their stages forthwith.”

Partick Faber, Opposition Leader: “I wondered if the honorable minister would be so kind to inform us what the urgency is and I’d want Mr.Speaker for us to place on record the blatant abuse that is taking place here ramming twelve bills down the throat of this honorable house all in order to satisfy their political mandate but I’d love to hear what is the urgency and why this standing order 49, 1 is being abused.”

Michel Chebat, Minister of Health and Wellness: “Mr.Speaker there was no abuse as is alleged by the Leader of the Opposition. What is intended here is to allow for the institutional reorganization at the Ministry of Health and Wellness Mr.Speaker which will lead to a more efficient and effective leadership and management of the healthcare system throughout the country. We cannot wait anymore. The health system has been abandoned for the past thirteen years by the opposition Mr.Speaker. It is time for us to move forward, it is time for us to take the health of this country serious and it is time for us to deliver the health services that the Belizean people deserve.”