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Brown-Darrell Clinic to resume CT scans

A clinic run by Ewart Brown, a former premier, is to restart hi-tech CT scans almost a year after the plug was pulled on the computerised imaging service.

The Brown-Darrell Clinic in Smith's will bring back the scanning service on Monday.

Dr Brown signalled in September that the scans would resume.

Dr Brown said yesterday: “We delayed the reopening until we could find a vastly proficient technologist who is experienced in all aspects of CT scanning including special cardiac studies.”

The service was shut down in January after major fee cuts for scans were introduced by the former One Bermuda Alliance government, a position later moderated by its Progressive Labour Party successor.

Increased fees for diagnostic imaging came into force at the start of last month.

Dr Brown said that the Lahey Hospital and Medical Centre in Massachusetts would continue to interpret scans carried out in Bermuda.

The Bermuda Hospitals Board and private services such as Dr Brown's were affected by the fee cuts, which resulted in payouts from the Bermuda Government.

Kim Wilson, the Minister of Health, later said payments to Dr Brown's two practices were likely to exceed $1.2 million.

Ms Wilson told Parliament last month that BHB had been compensated by about $1.86 million up to March 2018.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health said last night that the fee rates update marked the conclusion of the Government's compensation commitments.

Back to full strength: Ewart Brown at the CT scan unit in the Brown-Darrell Clinic (File photograph)

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Published December 14, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated December 14, 2018 at 8:08 am)

Brown-Darrell Clinic to resume CT scans

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