Brown-Darrell patients called to meeting

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  • Ewart Brown, the former premier, at a press conference this month about the closure of the Brown-Darrell Clinic (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

    Ewart Brown, the former premier, at a press conference this month about the closure of the Brown-Darrell Clinic (Photograph by Akil Simmons)


Patients concerned about the closure of a high-tech computerised X-ray service at the Brown-Darrell Clinic have been invited to a meeting tomorrow.

Ewart Brown, the former premier and owner of the Bermuda Healthcare Services in Smith’s, will answer questions at St Paul Centennial Hall from 5.30pm.

Dr Brown said this month that fee cuts imposed by the Ministry of Health had forced him to close the CT scanner service at the clinic.

He claimed the Bermuda Health Council, which had recommended that fees be cut, had a vendetta against him.

News of the meeting came as Dr Brown waits to find out if the US-based Lahey Clinic will be successful in its bid to have a lawsuit connected to his private ventures thrown out of a Boston court today.

The action against Lahey, launched by the One Bermuda Alliance government last February, named Dr Brown as a co-conspirator and said he conducted “excessive, medically unnecessary and frankly dangerous scans” at his two clinics for his own enrichment, while giving Lahey a cut of the fees from insurers.

Dr Brown and Lahey deny the allegations.

David Burt, the Premier, was among a string of Progressive Labour Party MPs to sign a legal brief last May drawn up by Dr Brown in support of Lahey’s motion to have the case dismissed.

However, the PLP government, which was elected last summer, has chosen to pursue the lawsuit.

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