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DHS Post will be Abolished; What Will Happen to Dr. Manza? #553491
10/22/21 04:57 AM
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It is to go before parliament at the next sitting of the House of Representatives, but earlier this week, Cabinet approved recommendations from the Ministry of Health and Wellness to amend the Public Health Act. This will allow the creation of two new posts – a Director of Public Health and Wellness and a Director of Hospital Services. The responsibilities of these posts collectively will usurp the duties of the office of the Director of Health Services, which has been left vacant after Doctor Marvin Manzanero was suspended and his duties relegated to others within the ministry.  Is this move the final push to get Doctor Manza out?  Today, the Prime Minister told News Five via text that (Quote) “There is a restructuring of the MoHW and the post of DHS will be abolished to a post that can better serve the needs of the ministry. His – referring to Doctor Manzanero – benefits will always be honoured. But I don’t know where he will be placed. That’s for the Ministry to decide.” (Unquote) Our news team caught up with Minister Henry Charles Usher who said that there is nothing untoward about the recommendation, but rather it is part of reform. 

Henry Charles Usher, Minister of Public Service, Constitutional & Political Reform

“What we found coming in was that there was a backlog because there was the Director of Health Services and everything had to go through this Director of Health Services. There was so many legislation that included him and he or she had to be the signing officer for so many different regulations, legislation and so on, so there was a backlog. I mean if the DHS goes on holiday or is sick or something like that, then nobody is really in there to sign. So what the ministry did was reorganize the structure of their ministry so that you have a director of health and wellness and a director of hospital. So the different legislations will be amended so that the person who is directly responsible for that particular area will be the person signing so you don’t have that backlog again.”

Duane Moody

“Sir, so removing the need for a Director of Health Services?”

Henry Charles Usher

“Well it’s not really removing the need for a Director of Health Services, but making sure that you have more than one office that will be doing the work of the Director of Health Services so you don’t have one individual.”

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Re: DHS Post will be Abolished; What Will Happen to Dr. Manza? [Re: Marty] #553565
10/26/21 04:41 AM
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PM: Dr. Manza "Not That Important"

On the agenda for tomorrow's House Meeting there are 10 new bills whose sole purpose is to sidestep the position of the Director of Health Services. You'll remember that Dr Marvin Manzanero was the face of the pandemic last year, but after catching COVID and returning in February of this year, he was removed from his office and placed on administrative leave while still bearing the title of Director of Health Services.

No allegation of misconduct was ever proven against him, but Dr Manza has remained in an administrative silo - locked off from all his core duties. But after these bills are made into law, there will be no DHS post, and in its place there will be two new posts with new appointees.

It seems like a lot of time and energy to bring these side-stepping bills to the House, considering other issues affecting the country, but today when we caught the the prime minister emphasized that this isn't at all about Dr Manza, but rather it was their plan from the start. In fact, as he put it, Dr Manza isn't even THAT important.

Courtney Menzies:
"There is a raft of legislation that seems to be an attack on Dr Manza, just to remove him from that position."

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister
"That is absolutely rubbish. Anybody that has seen that, it has nothing to do with Dr Manza. If you are to look at the discussions that we had before the election, we had already decided that we have to break up the office of the director of Public Health because that post has grown so much that it is impossible for one man to do. You're looking at hospitals, you're looking at the drugs that are coming in, you're looking at the nurses and the doctors and the opening of all the hospitals, both private and public. It's way too much. You're looking at public health. It's way too much for one person. So the idea is to be able to have the breaking up into two areas so that then we can provide a better service for the Belizean people. I'm sorry, but Dr Manza is not that important."

"So what was he doing during this time?"

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister
"I think you need to ask him, I can't answer that question."

"So he will be removed effectively and go somewhere under the Ministry."

Hon. John Briceno, Prime Minister
"Well, what is going to happen, that post is going to be abolished, and two new posts are going to be appointed, and who is going to be appointed, I think you need to check with the Ministry of Health, and not myself."

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