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Jun 5, 2014

CEO Allen is interfering in technical decisions, says PSU

Ray Davis

On Wednesday, Danini Contreras attended a teleconference session at PAHO. That in itself is no cause for cause for controversy, but in the current atmosphere at the Ministry of Health, there’s plenty of speculation and frustration. It is known that C.E.O. Peter Allen does not get along with Chief Pharmacist, Sharon Anderson. There is evidence that Allen has continuously made decisions which severely restrict Anderson’s authority on the job. So when she was pushed out of the PAHO meeting which she had coordinated to make way for Danini Contreras, it raised eyebrows. Today, P.S.U. Industrial Relations Officer, Ray Davis, told News Five that Allen is a policy person, and should not be interfering in technical matters.


Ray Davis, Industrial Relations Officer, Public Service Union

“Information that the union has on this issue is that the Chief Pharmacist had been in contact with PAHO with regards to an initiative that the Ministry of Health at the CEO level had requested of PAHO. She was then the one that had direct communication with the people at PAHO that were going to do this particular program. So at the end of the day when the meeting was scheduled she naturally was expecting to be a part of that meeting. She was approached at the level of PAHO that instructions were given that they should not have communications with her. Now at the union we found that peculiar because I know of the type of protocol that exists at PAHO, and from the information we got it was a verbal request or directive. And that really forced the personnel at PAHO to prevail on the Chief Pharmacist not to go to the meeting. The DHS was brought into the picture with regards to what was happening there and he agreed that the Chief Pharmacist should go. At the end of the day I think the DHS had to do some groundwork to speak with PAHO. I don’t know what the net result of all of that is but I do know that the Chief Pharmacist, Miss Anderson, did not attend the meeting. The structure of the Public Service is simple man…we don’t have to create anything that doesn’t exist. She’s the person in charge. You have a technical question that you’re requesting from an external agency. Then you want your people at the apex to be involved. It’s as simple as that. The decision as to the lower level that comes cannot come from a CEO that is trying to manage one of the units that is under the purview of the DHS. It’s simple. He’s a policy person. When you get down to the level of implementing those policies at a technical level, you need the technical expertise that is able to direct that.”


While it was our understanding that the Drug Inspectorate would come under the Director of Health Services, since it is a technical unit, we were told today that it doesn’t and that Contreras reports directly to C.E.O. Allen. 

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7 Responses for “CEO Allen is interfering in technical decisions, says PSU”

  1. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 says:

    “That in itself is no cause for cause for controversy”

    What BS!
    She is unqualified.
    It does not go away, except for weak minded Belizeans.

  2. Ali BaBarrow protects his 40 says:

    ” You have a technical question that you’re requesting from an external agency. Then you want your people at the apex to be involved. It’s as simple as that.”


    Criminals run the govt. They don’t play be those rules, Jack.

    It is as simple as that.

  3. belizean@heart says:

    Of course its just undercover,allen is corrupt as penner,pablo marin and all the dean barrow government,its so disgracefull to have him as a CEO,and doing noting in the MOH for the benefit of all Belizeans.

  4. Louisville, Ky. says:

    I know Pete personally and when a controversy blew up a few years back between him and a nurse from our region that I also happen to know, I defended him in this same forum.
    That was then, this is now, this man has changed and his actions are truly beginning to become suspect. Why is he so hell bent on having this young inexperienced spring chicken, replace the true tried and tested Chief Pharmacist?
    When Allen brought in the Minister’s daughter and made her Boss of all the Pharmacist, that was bad enough. But paying her 2 pay scales (18) above what the substantive holder of the post is earning, is adding insult to injury. Now he is having his favorite usurp the headship of the department and disrupt the order of things.
    And you may have noticed I haven’t even touched on the scandal of all the hundreds of thousands of dollars that’s being stolen under the administration of this CEO.
    Something is fishy here Pete. It doesn’t look good and it doesn’t smell good.

  5. Thanks PAHO! says:

    What a lawless bunch of self-serving Benquenos in Government. All sponsored
    by PAHO funds…….what an international disgrace!! Thanks PAHO!

  6. J says:

    Buhu cry babies. so how come you not on the streets protesting? instead you hide behind made up names

  7. Patriot says:

    “what an international disgrace!! Thanks PAHO!”
    It is really a disgrace to have a respected organization like PAHO join in Barrow’s Bandwagon of corruption.

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