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LTE: DHHS could save children’s dental hygienist budget cuts if it didn’t pay for crony “consulting”

This letter to the editor from today’s News and Observer was particularly compelling to me:

DHHS a mess

Public health in N.C. has been my life for 30 years, resulting in an award of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. My retirement has not stopped my continued care, concern and work on behalf of public health in this wonderful state that has always been my home.

The problem started when Gov. Pat McCrory lost the best, most exciting director of public health we have had in years: Dr. Laura Gerald. Now, DHHS Secretary Aldona Wos has fired Dr. Rebecca King from her job leading the department’s oral health division in a cheap and pathetic power play. King served this state with intelligence, integrity and devotion for years. King and Dr. Jean Spratt were powerful leaders – by example.

The shocking and exorbitant payments that Wos arranged as compensation in consulting fees for an employee of her husband’s firm – a blatant and unethical conflict of interest – would have paid the annual salaries of most of the doctors and dental hygienists who were recently terminated from our health programs.

Something is very wrong. I encourage the legislature and you to dig as deeply as possible to find the truth and restore integrity and true care to N.C. public health.

BECKY S. BOWDEN, DURHAM

 

5 Comments

  1. Jennifer

    September 12, 2013 at 10:27 am

    I’m glad to see this note! Folks at the Division of Public Health have strong opinions about the administration but are sitting in a mix of fear of reprisal for saying anything critical and lack of hope that it would make a difference.

  2. wncgirl

    September 12, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    When you can buy power all else ceases to matter… including our votes.

  3. LayintheSmakDown

    September 12, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    Here is some more cronyism our gov is getting into….I don’t expect much uproar because he seems to be supporting one of your buddies:

    http://civitasreview.com/politicians/candidate-mccrory-right/

  4. gregflynn

    September 12, 2013 at 4:15 pm

  5. Tim Kirby

    September 18, 2013 at 11:32 am

    This is quite outrageous. More people need to be talking about this.