Progressive Labour Party MP Zane DeSilva has resigned as Minister of Social Development and Sports citing “conflict” with the Brown-Darrell Clinic situation and “the new Government’s actions to mitigate the impact” of fee reductions implemented by the Bermuda Health Council.

Confirming the Minister’s decision to quit the Cabinet, Premier David Burt said he “reluctantly accepted” Mr DeSilva’s letter of resignation.

“Mr DeSilva has expressed the conflict he faces by a set of circumstances this new government inherited; specifically, the decision to made by the former government to significantly reduce the fees paid for MRI and CT scans in Bermuda and the new Government’s actions to mitigate the impact of those fee reductions without increasing health insurance costs.

“I respect Mr DeSilva’s decision, and like him, I remain committed to accomplishing those things we were elected to achieve for the people of Bermuda,” said Mr Burt.

“On a personal note I count Zane DeSilva as a friend and colleague and hope to continue to benefit from his insight and wisdom. In his public service, Zane is a tireless worker and has devoted his time in Parliament to serving this community.

“I wish him and his incredibly supportive family the very best.

“The Minister for the Cabinet Office, the Hon Lovitta Foggo, JP, MP, will assume the duties of Acting Minister of Social Development and Sports until a new minister is appointed to the Cabinet.”