Nurses send Health Minister pre-action protocol letter
Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh has been served with a pre-action protocol letter as multiple nurses associations in the country are seeking to overturn what they consider an “unethical” appointment to the Nursing Council of Trinidad and Tobago.
The Trinidad and Tobago Registered Nurses Association, the Psychiatric Nurses Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Trinidad and Tobago Association of Midwives issued the letter to the Minister through their attorney Martin George.
Their contention; the Minister’s decision to name David Alexander Murphy as one of his six appointees to the Nursing Council.
The Ministry appointed Murphy as a member of the council on October 7, via a letter to stakeholders on October 8.
In a press conference on Thursday, president of the Nurses Association Idi Stewart questioned the reappointment considering his contentious tenure as President of the Council from April 2016 to 2019, which has since escalated into a legal matter which is still pending.
“This same individual took the NCTT to court, for holding meetings and taking decisions as a council, after their term had expired in April 2019, “ said Stewart, “ this judicial review has commenced and leave has been granted by Justice Seepersad, to review the decision taken by the past council.”
Stewart said during those three years, no election was held as required for the council membership.
“The Minister’s appointment is riddled with internal conflicts of interest,” said Stewart.
Marcia Rollock, President of the Trinidad and Tobago Midwives Association, also questioned if the appointment could compromise affect the case currently before the court.
“He has taken them to court and now he has been re-elected to the very council that he has taken to court. I’m not a lawyer but it’s just not difficult to understand that because he is someone who has taken them to court, how could he now be a current member of that same council?” said Rollock.
The associations gave the Minister of Health a week to respond to the pre-action protocol letter.
When contacted yesterday, Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh said he had no comment to make on the matter.