News Release: Hamilton, Bermuda – The Minister of Health, Kim Wilson, is saddened today that she accepted the voluntary resignation of Bermuda Health Council Chairman, Dr Alicia Stovell-Washington, citing family and personal professional reasons.

Dr Stovell-Washington was appointed as Chairman of the Health Council in October 2017 and excelled in her leadership of the Board and Council.

Under her tenure, the Health Council refocused its strategic direction, increased oversight and regulation of health insurers, continued to improve its healthcare data repository and dissemination, ensured decisions were data driven and evidence-based, enhanced Board governance and grew its relationship with local and international partners such as the Pan American Health Organization.

Minister Wilson said: “It is absolutely evident that the Health Council grew and evolved during Dr Stovell-Washington’s Chairmanship and I’m entirely indebted to her for her dedication, fortitude and immense contribution.

“I know that she leaves the Health Council stronger than when she took over.

“While I am saddened at the reasons for her need to step down at this time, I’m confident that Dr Stovell-Washington will remain a stalwart of fairness in the health system and will continue to be an advocate and partner in our efforts to make Bermuda healthier.”

Dr Stovell-Washington said: “I’m very sad to be stepping down from such a vital organization as the Health Council, but my personal circumstances require my full attention elsewhere at this time.

“I must return to my family and my medical practice and advocate for patient care and my own family’s health.

“Following the recent passing of my colleague, Dr Teye-Botchway, my time and attention must be dedicated to assisting with patient care and continuity in every way I can.

“I am a physician first and foremost, and I must return to my profession full time right now. However, I will continue to support the Health Council and the Ministry of Health in every way I can, particularly at this time of important reforms and a transformation of our health system.”

Dr Stovell-Washington steps down formally on 12th September 2019. A new Chairman will be announced in due course.