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Hon Fahie Blasts BVIHSA for snubbing locals for CEO position

- said local applicants should not have been taken through the full interview process only to be told they are not qualified
September 29th, 2016 | Tags: Andrew A. Fahie locals BVIHSA HOA Dr Ronald E. Georges
Opposition Member and First District Representative Hon Andrew A. Fahie has slammed the BVi Health Services Authority for rejecting locals for the position of CEO. Photo: VINO/
Dr Ronald E. Georges was one of the local applicants for the position of CEO of BVIHSA. Photo: VINO/File
Dr Ronald E. Georges was one of the local applicants for the position of CEO of BVIHSA. Photo: VINO/File
At a recent press briefing, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BVIHSA Bishop John I. Cline said that they are seeking alternative ways to have qualified locals employed in senior positions in the sector, something they are working towards before the tenure of the current board comes to an end. Photo: VINO/File
At a recent press briefing, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the BVIHSA Bishop John I. Cline said that they are seeking alternative ways to have qualified locals employed in senior positions in the sector, something they are working towards before the tenure of the current board comes to an end. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – “Madam Speaker, our people cannot be taking second in their own country, it cannot be, they cannot be put second in their country, no,” said Opposition Member Honourable Andrew A. Fahie (R1) as he made it clear that he has a problem with the selection of a Trinidadian above a local to take up the position of Chief Executive Officer of the BVI Health Services Authority (BVIHSA).

He said he found it an insult taking those persons through the full interview process then telling them that they are not qualified for the position. “That’s why when they come telling me that they ain’t qualify I tell them no, I don’t want to hear that.”

Forever government and their arms have been getting a serious mouth whipping from locals for allegedly not employing locals in certain leading positions and with the appointment of a Trinidadian to the CEO position at the BVIHSA that discussion has taken centre stage again.

Of some twenty-two applicants for the CEO position, four were locals and topping the list was Dr Ronald E. Georges who previously acted as CEO at the said institution for some time. There was much disappointment in various sections of the territory, especially among locals, when this announcement was made and the reason given that ‘the locals were not qualified’. Among the most recent was Hon Fahie making is opinion known in the House of Assembly on Friday September 23, 2016.

Country not believing in its people

Hon Fahie spent some time defending the cause of locals when he noted, “We have to be fair to those who have the professional degrees in certain areas because right now Madam Speaker the country it telling our people, the people of the BVI to believe in the country but the country is not showing it believes in its people.”

He said many locals who invest in their lives getting high quality qualifications overseas, upon their return they are often times put down because of political affiliation and who their families are, “These things happen that’s why I am crying out for more democracy. Who you turn to?”

It seems as though you have to almost apologise in this country for being a Virgin Islander. “I am offended Madam Speaker by persons who continue to tell us that we are not ready to take up certain posts especially in government and government statutory bodies, it’s an insult.”

Hon Fahie contended that the education system of the Virgin Islands (VI) has been producing quality people, something he said he prays will continue to happen.

40 Responses to “Hon Fahie Blasts BVIHSA for snubbing locals for CEO position”

  • Really? (29/09/2016, 10:12) Like (15) Dislike (9) Reply
    So, better to hire somebody because they are a belonger regardless of whether they have useful experience and qualifications? We can see what happened when we did that withe elected politicians.
    • B Real (29/09/2016, 10:45) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
      You all cray you all getting ruled by ANGUILLANS tis good. when they done live out the rest of days back home. LOL foolish people.
    • Real (29/09/2016, 12:46) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      117. (1) An employer shall
      (a) seek to employ a Virgin Islander or Belonger in preference to a non-Virgin Islander or non- Belonger where such a Virgin Islander or Belonger is qualified; and
      (b) not terminate the employment of a Virgin Islander or a Belonger in preference to a non-Virgin Islander or non-Belonger
    • Dr Georges is a Belonger (29/09/2016, 13:54) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
      He was also at the helm before I'm not sure if he was acting or not but he was there before moving over in the ministry.
  • we got to get rid of the NDP (29/09/2016, 10:13) Like (20) Dislike (9) Reply
    The NDP is speeding up the process for work permits which means that bvislansers are doomed.
    • @ we got to get rid of the NDP (29/09/2016, 11:07) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      we already doom
    • NHI (29/09/2016, 13:15) Like (7) Dislike (7) Reply
    • only saying (29/09/2016, 16:58) Like (6) Dislike (1) Reply
      The NDP is going through the seven dwarfs stages of men menopause. Itchy, Bitchy, sweaty, Sleepy,Bloated, forgetful and psycho.
  • YAWN (29/09/2016, 10:15) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply

    Then you give it to a local the same £"%$& will talk about ndp this and that.

  • Lb (29/09/2016, 10:29) Like (34) Dislike (6) Reply
    Fahie is right on point with this one. BVIslanders are forced to apologize for being BVIslanders. 2nd class citizens in our own country. This government forgot who gave them their opportunities in their previous careers. What if Ronnie was passed over for the Guyanese man at Electricity and never got to be the CEO there? Or Robert Matthavious passed over. Kedrick and Dr. Smith at the hospital passed over for a foreign MD? But how quickly they forget. Who feels it knows. They are all well off in their lives because they were qualified and given the opportunities to lead in their jobs. But now they are snubbing qualified BVIslanders for outsiders. Then talk about country. House slave comfy up under Massah's butt and then telling us field slaves to hush up our mouths so they could keep their cushy positions. But we out in the blazing sun slaving with no reward!
    • james (29/09/2016, 11:37) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
      Look you people are something else. You cry out when locals are passed over as you say and you all are the first to criticize locals when you feel they are not doing a good job when they are in certain positions. You are two faced like many others.
      • plz (29/09/2016, 13:25) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        Because we want bvilanders to get the jobs that means we can't say when they doing a bad job?
      • Lb (29/09/2016, 15:13) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
        The two things are unrelated. Yes I want locals first...QUALIFIED locals. And if those locals are QUALIFIED..then chances are that they will do a great job. However if unqualified locals are given jobs and then do poorly, then they ought to be criticized.
  • Yes (29/09/2016, 10:55) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Massa is just black now and look like he is one of us
  • Virgin Islander (29/09/2016, 10:55) Like (32) Dislike (0) Reply
    My fellow Virgin Islanders - Is it not time that we stop talking, yapping, blogging, complaining and start standing up for our rights.
    Do you think that we would have owned Wickham's Cay and Anegada if Noel Lloyd, Lindy Ras Uhuru de Castro, Patsy Lake, Brushy Nibbs and others only complained?
    This country is going to hell in a hand basket and all Virgin Islanders doing is complaining and not doing. Where is your AUTHORITY Virgin Islanders?
    For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgement.
    We got to stop this complaining and start doing my people.

  • i from here (29/09/2016, 11:05) Like (4) Dislike (13) Reply
    Fahie trying to gain some political points....YAWN. When he was in office you would swear he hire locals!

    He hired more experienced outsiders over us locals.
  • HNI (29/09/2016, 11:08) Like (14) Dislike (1) Reply
    its clear the NDP hates locals, first funny man said we can't protect um then the sleeper Smith said they are not qualified oh well 3 more years
  • Bernie Sanders (29/09/2016, 11:22) Like (23) Dislike (0) Reply
    You right on point LB ,we are voting "Slaves" but a Political Revolution is near ,enough is enough..
  • observer (29/09/2016, 12:18) Like (13) Dislike (1) Reply
    Look at the CVs! How can they say no local candidate is qualified to be in charge of HEALTH SERVICES when Dr. Georges has graduate degrees in PUBLIC HEALTH and the person you hired has an MBA????
    • Observer (29/09/2016, 23:42) Like (3) Dislike (5) Reply
      Dr. Georges has a degree in Public Health, however; the Board wants the Hospital to be accredited and there is need for someone who has the experience in this area. This new CEO has experience in that area. Why would the Board want to recruit someone who would be training on the job going through the accreditation process. That would not make sense. I am of the impression that persons who are talking are not aware of the challenges associated with getting a Hospital accredited. After the accreditation process, the position can be handed over to a BVIslander.
      • @observer (30/09/2016, 09:00) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
        lol The lady worked at an accredited hospital while on her internship. Not one of the facilities that she worked at and been fired from in Trinidad is or was accredited and this includes her nail business. Georges has graduate degrees in Public Health and Health Services Management the lady has an MBA
      • observer (30/09/2016, 09:08) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Right. I'll let you go on thinking that is the rationale. Quick question: Do we plan on going through every field that requires accreditation and certification hiring non-locals who have done it once before? Also, when you go through accreditation there are periodical reviews to retain accreditation which are just as rigorous as the initial phase. Do you then suggest we keep hiring people who have gone through medical accreditation before instead of putting our local people who are invested in this place so that we can have continuity and own our own knowledge and skills? If this is the logic that is being used it is fallacious and setting up the system to fail once this new CEO bounces with a fat gratuity check and we're left holding the bag AGAIN.
  • smile away (29/09/2016, 12:52) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
  • "NHI" (29/09/2016, 13:16) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
  • islander (29/09/2016, 13:32) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    He who say our people are not qualified must show us what he has.He must tell how he got the job he has. If God was like man he wold have already struck him down. How can he lead a flock with so much deception?
  • trrefdrfds (29/09/2016, 13:34) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Dr. Vanterpool is the other local who was shortlisted and them say not qualified. Who they think they fooling? What a set of luck-luster officials we have in high positions. The minister can't say no because the Bishop got him cornered. I waiting to see how this one going play out. But if the Trini lady got the position, why is she not yet on island? Another one for the Bishop to to
  • YEA YEA (29/09/2016, 15:14) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    And if they gave it to a local it would still be the wrong local and we would have the same old VIP vs NDP bullshit while the country suffers. Just get on with it, if the lady is good we keep her and if she is not we send her packing, simple.
  • ha (29/09/2016, 18:24) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    That also show us all that neither Cline nor Smith is qualified for their jobs
  • lokalz (29/09/2016, 18:50) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    We give the NDP a chance and they wont give us one
  • Observer (29/09/2016, 23:50) Like (3) Dislike (7) Reply
    This is for islander. We need not get personal about Dr. Georges. He was in the position for some time previously. It must have been the manner in which he performed while in the position that is now coming round to haunt him. We can learn something here, that our reputation will always precede us. We should also remember that short term decision should not be used to meet long-term objectives/goals.
    • observer (30/09/2016, 09:16) Like (0) Dislike (2) Reply
      Why would you come to that conclusion? Do you have insight on a process that has clearly lacked transparency? You seem invested in defending the decision but have not suggested a logically supported reason yet.
    • wow (02/10/2016, 13:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Dr. Georges was called to come back and manage the hospital because he is not only brilliant but he has integrity and cannot be bought. It is only a couple of persons who dont want him there because they know he would but a stop to their manipulation and thieving of the hospital resources.
  • barbie (30/09/2016, 07:25) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Hon. Fahrenheit you forgot to mention hiring their immediate family of these contract workers while telling our own Virgin Islanders and belongers and residents no vacancies exist. If they do decide to hire any , they have to jump thru hoops to get it. Good luck with that anyway, the chairman already say he warn to hire only philipino because they will work for little and do as you say.
  • Gotto (30/09/2016, 11:45) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    How come Fahie aint open he mouth when they railroad guy hill. hmmm
  • Commentator (01/10/2016, 12:03) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Cline is in no position to question any ones qualifications because he himself is NOT QUALIFIED to be the chairman of NO HOSPITAL! He's a business man and a so call pastor, his business is his business his business shouldn't be BVIHSA's business PERIOD unless he's selling equipments for the entity. Only in the BVI this $hit happens.
  • Observer (05/10/2016, 12:30) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    In response to Real Simple. My suggestion is to allow the person who had the experience to perform. After the process is completed it could be handed to the BVIslander. The BVIslander could treat with all the processes associated with maintaining the system. One needs to take into consideration that while time is going, the hospital equipment would be getting old. I do not think that one would like to treat with Biomedical Issues while having to go through Accreditation. There is no time for errors or persons learning on the job. Concerning the fact that she had the experience during her internship, she would have the framework. A person who never even did it whether on a past job or during internship, has nothing to bring to the table in that regard.It must be noted that wisdom is the application of knowledge. If one does not have the knowledge in the first place, where are we going?

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