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Wedderburn and BHeC argue behind closed doors

Legal arguments in an action brought by the former chief executive of the Bermuda Health Council against her previous employer were heard behind closed doors yesterday.

Tawanna Wedderburn said in March that she had asked for judicial review proceedings against the watchdog, as well as David Burt, the Premier, Kim Wilson, the health minister, and Alicia Stovell-Washington, the chairwoman of the council.

A case listed as Ms Wedderburn versus the BHeC and others was scheduled to call in the Supreme Court's civil jurisdiction at noon.

However, after members of the public and media attended, they were advised the case would be heard “in chambers” and open only to the parties involved.

The Royal Gazette was unable to obtain information from lawyers after the hearing.

Ms Wedderburn's 11-year career with the BHeC ended last December in what the health council called a “separation of employment”.

She said earlier this year that she had received “encouraging messages” from people in the Caribbean, North America and Europe and was “bombarded on the streets of Bermuda with well wishes”.

A law firm acting for the BHeC said in January that Ms Wedderburn's employment was “terminated lawfully by the council in full compliance with section 18(1)(b) of the Employment Act 2000, the Bermuda Health Council Act 2004 and her contract of employment which calls for one-month notice of termination”.

The watchdog's lawyers added that Ms Wedderburn was paid her notice and offered six months pay and benefits “in good faith”.

It is The Royal Gazette's policy not to allow comments on stories regarding court cases. 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.

Legal battle: Tawanna Wedderburn, the former chief executive at the Bermuda Health Council (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

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Published May 03, 2019 at 9:00 am (Updated May 03, 2019 at 8:19 am)

Wedderburn and BHeC argue behind closed doors

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