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Oct 2, 2020

Dr. Marvin Manzanero Not Giving Up List of COVID-19 Patients

Statutory Instrument one-thirty-four remains in place, which means that the Director of Health Services is, by law, compelled to surrender the list of COVID-19 patients to the Minister of National Security, Michael Peyrefitte. It was expected that the S.I. would have been amended by now due to Doctor Marvin Manzanero’s disagreement with the language of the S.I.  A release from the government, following a meeting of the National Oversight Committee, said it would be revised. But on Wednesday, Peyrefitte, who is also the Attorney General, told the press that the National Oversight Committee has not given any instructions for the S.I. to be amended and so the law stands.  If Doctor Manzanero fails to hand over the list with the confidential patient information, he commits an offence.  But the good doctor is keeping that list close to his heart and is refusing to give it up so easily.

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Sir have you provided the Minister of National Security the list of positive COVID-19 patients?”

 

On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“No.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“Will you?”

 

On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“That is under review. I believe that there is a new S.I. that should be addressing that particular topic.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“…because Michael Peyrefitte, the attorney general, said on Wednesday during an interview that he has gotten no instruction from the N.O.C. in regards to revising that SI so that SI remains that you shall provide the list to him.”

 

On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“That is what I am saying, my notes—because this was further discussed I think Wednesday evening, Wednesday night—the new S.I. that is currently under review which will make provisions for things happening at the airport would have taken a look at that specific S.I.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“But as it stands now you are still responsible to submit that list to Peyrefitte.”

 

On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“Unless it is reviewed, yes.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“And that has not happened.”

 

On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“No.”

 

Hipolito Novelo

“If it does not happen, will you?”

 

On the Phone: Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“I guess that is why I say that we will continue to discuss internally and see how we can address that.”


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