The composition of the new appointed Board of the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) has come under public scrutiny, particularly for the exclusion of the nation’s youth.
But Health Minister Molwyn Joseph in defending the composition of the admits that a young person could have been included in its composition.
The new board was announced last week and is headed by Chairman Glentis Goodwin.
Other members include Deputy Chairman Sean Cenac, Martin Camacho who serves as Corporate Secretary and Directors – Chief Medical Officer Dr. Rhonda Sealy-Thomas; Lennie Josiah; Cicely Dorsett; Lisa John-Weste; Romeo Francis; Jennifer Murray; and Arlene Jacobs.
Persons had expressed disappointment about the age of the directors saying that younger minds and outlooks are needed to take the hospital into the future.
Joseph says that not because persons are advanced in age mean that they are unable to make a meaningful contribution to nation building.
He says, however, that there should be a blend of persons from varying age groups and all walks of life making up the board’s composition.
Joseph says he has no issues with a young person requesting to be on a board. In fact, he says he welcomes it.
The Board of Directors is responsible for setting long-term strategy and direction; governing the hospital’s activities; and fulfilling its fiduciary responsibility.
It comprises 10 appointed members, including the chair and deputy chair.