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Roberts Accuses Sands Of Ethics Code Breach

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts.

PLP Chairman Bradley Roberts.

DESPITE his Cabinet post, Health Minister Dr Duane Sands has been voluntarily performing surgeries at the RAND Memorial hospital in Grand Bahama to assist medical professionals there amid staff vacancies. 

He confirmed this to The Tribune yesterday after Progressive Liberal Party Chairman Bradley Roberts released a press statement suggesting impropriety on Dr Sands’ part. Mr Roberts said Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis, who came to power on a promise to punish ministers who have conflict-of-interest issues, has been looking “the other way” as Dr Sands performs surgical procedures “at the Princess Margaret Hospital after his appointment as a Cabinet minister.”

“If these reports are true,” Mr Roberts said, “Dr Sands in the capacity of Health Minister is in direct violation of established and longstanding cabinet code of ethics and procedures for its ministers as the Health Minister would have placed himself in a fundamental conflict between his private business interests and his public duty. Certainly the Health Minister as regulator cannot self-regulate; it is called self-dealing, an unacceptable and corrupt practice that Dr Minnis vowed to stamp out of government.”

In fact, Dr Sands has not been performing surgical procedures at PMH since he became a minister. He has been performing vascular access surgery at the Rand Memorial Hospital for patients awaiting emergency dialysis treatment.

For one day per month he has performed the procedure free of charge.

The consequences of not performing the procedures are fatal, he said, and the volume of work threatens to overwhelm the two physicians involved if they aren’t helped.

Dr Sands said Dr Minnis and his cabinet colleagues gave him permission to do the work and he has received written authorization from the PHA to do the work as well. 

The Tribune saw a letter yesterday from the PHA confirming he has been authorized to maintain “unpaid admitting privileges to assist in the care of patients requiring cardiovascular care,” as stated in his resignation letter.

“Roberts needs to understand not everyone is as mercenary as he is,” Dr Sands said yesterday. “He doesn’t understand that someone might do this and not want something in return.”

During his contribution to the budget debate in June, Dr Sands disclosed he would provide medical help where voids exist in the public health system.

“I understand the concerns of patients, colleagues, students and staff as I leave the practice of medicine,” he said.

“I have trained several competent surgeons to replace me. Where there is a void, we will recruit it to fill that space until one of our own is ready to step into that spot. To fill the void, for a brief period I will provide emergency and back-up coverage.”

Comments

Sickened 1 month, 1 week ago

This Robert's guy really has some mental problems. Reasoning is alien to this piece of shit!

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DEDDIE 1 month, 1 week ago

Bradley Roberts has gotten to the point where he can't recognize a losing issue.

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 month, 1 week ago

There are many who will tell you that Duane Sands does very little out of the goodness of his heart. K P Turnquest would be wise to look into what bills have been received by NHI from persons/entities connected with Duane Sands since his appointment as Minister of Health.

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realfreethinker 1 month, 1 week ago

Well_mudda can this governnment do anything good in your eyesight. Before the election you seems to be open and fair minded,however recently you seem to be angry about anything the gov does. Did they promise you favors like the plp does,but didn't deliver?

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Well_mudda_take_sic 1 month, 1 week ago

Like many, I've so far seen way too many campaign promises broken and 180 degree turns on major issues. Good government is not about being PLP or FNM, or continued campaigning long after a landslide election victory - it's about governing in the interest of the Bahamian people consistent with the overwhelming mandate that was given at the polls!

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TalRussell 1 month, 1 week ago

Comrades! Rather than show their gratitude, it has tickles you pink how PLP's had so conveniently skipped over the first code, and 20 other codes cabinet ethics - when they held the reigns government - to now attack the much needed surgeries performed for FREE by Dr. Duane. Have they no shame left in them, anywhere... but in general the gimme, gimme, gimme PLP's, seems knows so little about doing anything for - FREE?

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jusscool 1 month, 1 week ago

Tal ,are you feeling well ? Does the good doctor need to perform emergency surgery on patient Tal?

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TalRussell 1 month, 1 week ago

Comrade JussCool, regardless of the colours the party's t-shirts they wear - it's a welcome breath fresh-air to stand up for a crown cabinet minister - whose not fattening his personal wallet - off the working poor and near poor peoples - skinny wallets. Let's all pray that Dr. Duane, is not going be an isolated case of a 'giving and not taking' Red cabinet minister during their mandated 2017 - 2022 governing term? Amen!

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ohdrap4 1 month, 1 week ago

when she takes her medication, Tal occasionally has lucid moments.

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banker 1 month, 1 week ago

Someone should tell the sexual predator to sit small.

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realfreethinker 1 month, 1 week ago

I read the article because I wanted to see how off the deep end Bradley has gone. pure comic relief. Doesn't he realize no one takes him serious anymore,he is so irrelevant today

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BMW 1 month, 1 week ago

Why does this asshole not just go away. Typical plunder loot pillage mentality.

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TalRussell 1 month, 1 week ago

Comrades! Until the likes former war horses in the PLP are told to please go away to allow the 'WILLING" younger to step forward to take over the party's leadership reigns.... the PLP as a party will never find itself whilst coming under the influences of the former. Maybe its time for the younger to issue a warning to the former that they will call for a massive boycott of the PLP's upcoming convention - if their calls for genuine leadership change goes ignored?

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birdiestrachan 1 month, 1 week ago

Who are the owners of the dialysis machines? If doc wanted to continue to be a surgeon why did he take the post of Minister of Health? Some one should ask doc who owns those machines?

doc does not appear to be a kind man. so what is in all this for him. He will learn soon enough that greed is a sin.

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banker 1 month, 1 week ago

See what I mean about PLP's? They have lost the spirit of the milk of human kindness. They are in the gutter and assume that everyone else is in the gutter, and they are incapable of seeing the truth and the light. You can't hang out with negative people and have a positive life. You need the negative committee that sits inside your head to sit small and shut up.

The acidity of your life is due to what goes on inside your head. I somehow hope that you too, may someday, before you lie mouldering in your grave, to receive the gift of the milk of human kindness and more importantly, an ability to recognise the truth.

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Reality_Check 1 month ago

Only a fool would ever have blind faith in a politician...no matter the politician's political leaning.

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sheeprunner12 1 month, 1 week ago

This statement by Bradley Roberts sums up the futility of the PLP as a viable political party.

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SP 1 month, 1 week ago

Why is it Bradley Gargoyle Roberts cannot seem to notice any "direct violation of established and longstanding cabinet code of ethics and procedures for its ministers" with Perry Christie, Shane Gibson, and Kenrid Dorsett?

Know it all Gargoyle Roberts is also uncharacteristically "mum" on where the missing $40+Million hurricane relief and VAT funds disappeared to!

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CatIslandBoy 1 month, 1 week ago

If Brad and Birdie's thinking represent the mindset of the PLP, they should never again be allowed to govern in this country. What a sick and sorry pair of losers!

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birdiestrachan 1 month ago

Banker where is the milk of human kindness for Mr. Greenslade and those Bahamians who no longer have jobs. The FNM Government sent them home . Those whose social service benefits are no longer and the people of Ragged Island and the other Islands who suffered from the hurricanes?

Milk of human kindness and tears and Christian values when the FNM says so will not work. what is wrong is always wrong.

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realfreethinker 1 month ago

birdie you are typical plp trash. Is there nothing you will do out of the goodness of your heart. Once again you are mixing apples with orange. Don't cry for greenslade,he will be doing better that 90% of bahamians

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birdiestrachan 1 month ago

Sands has a letter that says it is all right for him to work . The man is the boss he runs the place he can wright the letter and tell the person to sign the letter. only a true FNM can be fooled by that display.

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birdiestrachan 1 month ago

never mind proud FNM Troy Cartwright he is typical FNM lie and lie some more. he said he was moving to Turks Island, big lie let him stay in port Lucaya and suffer. doc will come to the rescue with the hotel next month.

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baldbeardedbahamian 1 month ago

The PLP Stand-up comedy show continues. These jokers are priceless.

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