So the answer to years of mismanagement at the Commonwealth Health Center is... foreign doctors?
I'm not making this up --even for me that's too bizarre and breathtaking-- the Saipan Tribune says Governor Benigno R. Fitial wants to put CHC "under a state of emergency to allow the hiring of doctors from the Philippines and other countries".
You have to wonder whether he talked to Acting Public Health Secretary Pete Untalan, quoted in the article as saying "the CNMI cannot hire doctors from that country (the Philippines) due to the standards and requirements mandated by the federal government."
"The declaration is being drafted and may be issued this week," the Governor reportedly said. "I am meeting again with the attorney general on this." I'd love to be a fly on that wall.
Another Acting Public Health Secretary John Tagabuel just told the Marianas Variety last week that CHC is in trouble with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. I'm sure they'll love this development.
Two quick questions: why this flailing about when the Administration has had four years to make improvements and, why did the Legislature only start making noise two months before the election?
I've been hearing horror stories from (ex or soon-to-be ex) doctors for more years than I can count.