Guam – Governor Eddie Calvo has dismissed all 7 sitting members of the Guam Board of Medical Examiners.
The Governor told PNC News this morning [Monday] that the dismissal notices were not a “firing,” but a technicality, required to clarify questions raised by the Legislature’s Health Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez.
Senator Rodriguez has raised the question of whether or not there were any vacancies on the Guam Board of Medical Examiners. The dismissal notices now leave 7 vacancies.
The 7 members of the GBME Board who were dismissed are: Dr. James Murphy, Dr. James Stadler, Dr. Rick Eusebio, Julie Lujan, Dr. Patrick Santos, Dr. Joan Gill, Dr. Ronald Kobayashi.
The Governor said some of the terms of some of the Board members had already expired. And of the 7 who were dismissed, the Governor said that some will be re-appointed, although he would not say who at this time.
A brief letter sent out to the Board members thanks them for their “time, expertise and energies towards helping the people of Guam.” The letter then goes onto state: “By the authority vested in me as Governor of Guam, under the Organic Act of Guam, as amended, and the laws of Guam, effective immediately I hereby relieve you of your duties and responsibilities.”
The dismissals follows last month’s decision by the Governor to replace the GMHA Board and management.
And it comes on the heels of the Governor’s nomination of Dr. Sam Friedman to the Guam Board of Medical Examiners who in testimony before the legislature during his confirmation hearing said that GMH was unsafe, that he doesn’t send his patients there and that patients had died unnecessarily.