Former Medical Director of the San Fernando General Hospital Dr Anand Chatoorgoon.

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Former medical director of the San Fernando General Hospital, Dr Anand Chatoorgoon, has called on the Minister of Health to appoint a board for the South West Regional Health Authority as soon as possible.

In a letter to the minister, Chatoorgoon offered his services to serve on the new board.

“The term of the South-West Regional Health Authority’s board of directors came to an end on March 15, 2021 and a new board is yet to be appointed,” Chatoorgoon said.

He said it was “dangerous” to leave the authority without any accountability by an appointed board.

“You need to put your fingers on the pulse of the SWRHA, Honourable Minister and find out what is going on in that beleaguered Regional Health Authority in the absence of a board,” Chatoorgoon said.

He added, “I would certainly welcome the opportunity to serve on the new board but I know that I do not stand a chance of any such appointment happening. Nonetheless, I am willing.

“I am begging you to think carefully and wisely as you go about choosing new directors for the SWRHA board. And please, sir, move quickly and expeditiously to appoint the new board before things get any worse in the SWRHA.”

Efforts to contact Minister Deyalsingh for comment via WhatsApp and email proved futile, as messages and calls went unanswered.