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Jul 3, 2019

Dr. George Gough is New Health C.E.O.

Earlier today, the Ministry of Health confirmed that a new C.E.O. will be taking over at the Ministry as we had reported in Tuesday’s newscast. Doctor George Gough succeeds Doctor Ramon Figueroa who was not mentioned in the release but who was at the Ministry since 2015. Figueroa was said to be at odds with Health Minister Pablo Marin. The Ministry release states that Gough has worked within the health system for many years and is the Chair of the National Health Insurance Committee and also chairs the Belize Medical Council. Gough is also a former politician who ran for the U.D.P. in the Fort George Division but was defeated. According to Opposition, John Briceño, Doctor Figueroa became frustrated under the Minister of Health.


John Briceño, Leader of Opposition

John Briceño

“We have been hearing also that Dr. Figueroa has been very frustrated as the CEO in the Ministry of Health. He is constantly at loggerheads with the Minister of Health and so we have been hearing that he is going to be removed. Last I heard yesterday, that they were going to switch position, that he was going to go to NHI and that Dr. Gough would be CEO in the Ministry of Health. I am not surprise. It is very difficult to work with a minister who wants to micromanage and we know why he wants to micromanage everything that has been going on in the Ministry of Health. But that too will come to light.” 

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