I do concur that more heads should roll within the Ministry of Health. We can certainly start with those featured in this photo. However, I do believe that Managers can be chosen for respective positions poorly. A manager may not be suited for a position despite their obvious qualifications. A non-performing manager may arise out of an assigned position they were not suited for and not necessarily from their skills based asset. In my view reassignment is not a bad thing, as one is given an opportunity again to prove themselves. After all Dr Ferguson did make some accomplishments whilst in the position. Unfortunately his collapse was due to his consistent approach aided by his team of doing little with other crucial aspects within Jamaica’s health-care system and more on camouflaging.
I will again state that not all Doctors are equal, so if it is you are saying you need a medical doctor to become the Minister of Health, I will say the possibility exists that you may get the same result as with Dr Ferguson and his team. Managers must be able to get things done and done in a timely manner without passing the buck. They must equip themselves with those who have the necessary expertise in the chosen field. A manager does not have to be knowledgeable in all areas of that which he is charged.
What I believe the majority of our leaders in Parliament suffer from is ‘diarrhea of the mouth’. They should all have PR representatives (Public Relations Officers) whose role is to prepare their speeches before they take front and centre stage with the media. Unfortunately the egos that govern both men and women preclude them from such whereas back in the day PRs were highly sought. The reality is not ALL are great public speakers like the Obama’s, Clinton’s, Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela etc. They make up but a few on Planet Earth and on our small Island we have very few who are in that league. As such we tend to turn an already fragile situation into a full blast tornado.
Dr Ferguson has another opportunity to perform in a Ministry entirely different from that of Health. We will see how many lives he has if he non-performs once again. Surely there is absolutely nothing wrong in him being reassigned in my humble opinion.
Not only Ferguson should be fired in health ministry – doctor
Well-known medical doctor and social commentator Michael Abrahams says Dr Fenton Ferguson should not be the only person removed from the health ministry.
Amid an avalanche of criticisms that span last year’s chikungunya outbreak to the four bacterial infection outbreaks at two of the country’s main public hospitals this year that resulted in the deaths of 19 neonates, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller yesterday announced that Ferguson has been reassigned to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.
Abrahams charges that under Ferguson’s leadership, the health ministry failed to effectively communicate with the Jamaican people and did not make decisions that were in their best interest of the population. Further, the physician indicates that other key technocrats in the health ministry should also share the blame.
As a result, he says the ministry’s team of medical advisors should be examined and at least one of them should step aside, but stopped short of calling names.
Ferguson is to be replaced by Horace Dalley, who has served as minister with responsibility for the Public Service since 2011. The changes take effect tomorrow.
In the meantime, Abrahams contends that transferring Ferguson to another ministry is disturbing.
While commending Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller for removing him from the health ministry, Abrahams says Ferguson may be carrying incompetence to another department of government.
He says the outgoing health minister has shown that he is not a strong, effective and competent leader and expresses concern that in light of the glaring evidence of poor management, he is being transferred to another government ministry.