On attack of doctor by FNM Chairman

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Sen. Dr. Michael Darville
Shadow Minister of Health

For Immediate Release
21 May 2020

I watched with amazement an interview in the media by the Chairman of the FNM as he attacked the work and credibility of a public servant Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Delon Brennen.

Dr. Brennen and Dr. Forbes responded honestly to questions put to them by the media regarding the reasons COVID-free Family Islands such as Exuma, Eleuthera and San Salvador remained closed to commercial activities while others were opened. It must be noted that these questions from the media were posed to both doctors precisely because the Prime Minister/Minister of Health has refused to make himself available to the media to answer clarifying questions related to this issue when he made the announcement several days ago.

The FNM chairman should have addressed this media concern with the Prime Minister/Minister of Health instead of engaging in open dialogue with the press. At a time when all Bahamians are dealing with the implications of the pandemic and in search of answers, the Prime Minister has chosen instead to only read prepared speeches to the public rather than engaging Bahamians through the media.

The truth is that this revelation by Dr. Brennen proved to be a political embarrassment to the FNM government because the Prime Minister repeatedly told Bahamians that his executive decisions were driven by the advice of the health professionals. We know that is not the case. The evidence suggests that his decisions are largely driven by political considerations and not solely by the advancement of the public interest.

The problem or fault is not the doctor Mr. Culmer – the problem is your boss who is not being forthright with the Bahamian people.

The solution therefore is not in the stars Mr. Culmer – the solution is in the mirror.