Log In

Reset Password

Brown-Darrell patients called to meeting

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.

On occasion The Royal Gazette may decide to not allow comments on what we consider to be a controversial or contentious story. As we are legally liable for any libellous or defamatory comments made on our website, this move is for our protection as well as that of our readers.

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

You must be Registered or to post comment or to vote.

Published January 31, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated January 31, 2018 at 1:10 pm)

Brown-Darrell patients called to meeting

What you
Need to
1. For a smooth experience with our commenting system we recommend that you use Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Firefox or Chrome Browsers. Additionally please clear both your browser's cache and cookies - How do I clear my cache and cookies?
2. Please respect the use of this community forum and its users.
3. Any poster that insults, threatens or verbally abuses another member, uses defamatory language, or deliberately disrupts discussions will be banned.
4. Users who violate the Terms of Service or any commenting rules will be banned.
5. Please stay on topic. "Trolling" to incite emotional responses and disrupt conversations will be deleted.
6. To understand further what is and isn't allowed and the actions we may take, please read our Terms of Service
7. To report breaches of the Terms of Service use the flag icon