Former Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) director Kiel Taklalsingh, who was fired because his behaviour was deemed rude by Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, has fired back at the minister.
In a statement yesterday, Taklalsingh said he felt compelled to respond to Khan’s statement in an interview in the Saturday Express, in which the min-
ister stated he had difficulties working with Taklalsingh.
The director was one
of two ERHA board members fired on April 3.
The other was Nazimul Ali.
Taklalsingh has complained in a letter to Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar about a number of issues affecting the ERHA.
According to him, “This is the third instance (Khan) has made what I perceive to be improper comments as it relates to my directorship.
“Firstly, with respect to the minister’s assertion that I have been rude; I wish to state that if the
definition of rude is to insist on proper procedure, adherence to law and telling those in authority that you disagree with them when you have a good basis to do so, then I am rude.
“However, it is passing strange that in an earlier public statement (Guardian article entitled ‘Fuad backs Ameena’, dated March 22, 2014), the min-
ister intimated that directors were being removed for having a problem with the CEO following procedure.
“However, now, he asserts that I am being fired because I was rude. In law, we call such a sce-
nario a material inconsistency, which is usually indicative of fabrication, and I openly invite the minister to point to any instance of either.”
Taklalsingh, an attorney, added: “If the directorate wanted ‘yes-men’ to sit on boards, then it should not select attorneys to do so. An attorney’s role in sitting on a board is to identify possible legal risks and potential non-compliance with laws.
That is all I have done in this matter.
“As an attorney, I am trained to think independently and to voice concerns in a persuasive yet respectful way. That is what I have done.”