Patients of Bermuda Health Care Services and the Brown-Darrell Clinic, and others who are concerned about the impending closure of the CT and MRI scanning unit’s closure, are invited to attend a meeting later this week to air their views and ask questions.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 5:30pm at St Paul’s Centennial Hall.

Clinic owner and former Premier Dr Ewart Brown will be on hand to answer any questions.

On Wednesday, January 17th Dr Brown hosted an extensive news conference at the Smith’s Parish clinic, on the impact of the fee cuts by the Bermuda Health Council, that will see three or four employees lose their jobs.

When contacted this past weekend to see if there had been any movement on the part of the new Government. As of Sunday, he said the answer was “no”.

In a Bermuda Real interview prior to his news conference, Dr Brown said: “We never anticipated that we would be put out of business by a government agency. Few businesses could survive up to 87 percent cuts in revenue with only two weeks’ notice.

“No local or exempt company has ever been treated so harshly. The CT scanning service will close at the end of the month on January 31st.”

He also noted that the CT unit at the Brown-Darrell Clinic “has provided back-up CT services” to the hospital for ten years, “as well as a private option for patients who require a scan”.

If the planned closure goes through, local patients will no longer have the option of having diagnostic imaging at a private facility. Instead, they will all have to go to King Edward VII Memorial Hospital.