Nassau, Bahamas - The Ministry of Health, Department of
Public Health wishes to inform the Public that on Sunday, 14th June
2015, the Department of Public Health was informed that there was a report on
Facebook that an Ambulance under the management of the Public Hospitals’
Authority in Marsh Harbour, Abaco was used to transport a High School Graduate
to her School Prom on Saturday, 13th June 2015.
As a result of the information received,
an immediate investigation by the Department was carried out to verify the accuracy
of the Report. Subsequently the Officer who participated in the matter was asked
to submit a formal report regarding her involvement in the unauthorized use of
the Emergency Medical Vehicle for Non-Health related activity.
On receipt of the signed report by the
nurse outlining her involvement, the Ministry of Health, in accordance with the
Bahamas Nurses Union Agreement 22.04, Public Service Commission Regulation 43
and General Orders 1041, has placed the Officer on Administrative Leave with
effect from 17th June 2015 pending the outcome of a full
investigation of the matter.
The Ministry of Health wishes to make
it patently clear that there is zero tolerance for such miss-use and abuse of
public resources in the Ministry, inclusive of the Department of Public Health
and Public Hospitals’ Authority, while noting that, at the same –time, there
could have been a real need for Emergency Medical Response, which would have
been delayed by this frivolous activity.
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