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Civil servants failed on chik-V, too

Published:Wednesday | March 4, 2015 | 3:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I notice that much of the public criticism of the bad management of the chikungunya epidemic has landed on the head of the minister of health, Dr Fenton Ferguson.

While I agree that he bears much of the responsibility for this preventable disaster and dug his own grave by not facing up to the reality of the outbreak that existed around him, he is not the only one to blame.

I believe that the senior civil servants in the ministry, especially Dr Marion Bullock-Ducasse, must bear some responsibility, too. A minister of government is consumed with multiple activities and, like any human being, they may need guidance from qualified and competent persons. This is where the minister's technocrats come into play. As senior civil servants, they are crucial to the efficient running of the ministry.

In other civilised countries, it would not only be the minister who would have been fired, but his senior civil servants would have been shown the door, too.

We see where Dr Bullock-Ducasse has been PROMOTED. Is this a joke, or what? Our tax dollars are being wasted on them, frankly.

HELENE CLARKE

Norbrook, Kingston 8