Minister of Health Services Anthony Eden and HSA Board Chairman Al Ebanks recently announced that the next guy to get screwed over by the HSA is Craig Brown, from Blind River Health Care in Ontario, Canada.
Brown will take up his post and begin his futile effort to re-vamp the money pit known as the HSA (the organization formerly known as the George Town Hospital) on April 1, 2006. Although gambling is illegal in Cayman, the smart money has the over/under on Brown’s tenure on the Island at 9 months.
The former Blind River Health Care chief should feel right at home here in Cayman, as the term “blind” can be (and often is) used to describe the visionary leadership that has been present at the hospital in the past.
The HSA has, until recently, suffered as a result of a lack of qualified doctors and nurses (and leadership) – which caused its image to have a stroke, and wallow in a comatose state for quite some time. While some people wanted to pull the plug, government officials decided to inject more money into the vacuous financial pit.
Although no one will say just how much Brown will be earning, inside sources say it’s not quite the $400,000 per annum remuneration that former CEO Michael Elliot received during his sterling thirty minutes on the job.
Once the freedom of information bill is passed, Cayblogger will request this information, along with information on Mr. Brown’s qualifications - as well as that of the “pastor” leading the ship into the storm. One can only guess which one is most qualified to make decisions – and which one will actually be making them.
Good luck Mr. Brown. Remember: Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital is only two left turns away.