by Nick Delgado
Guam - Governor Eddie Calvo has relieved the seven members on the Guam Board of Medical Examiners of their duties. Each were sent 'thank you' letters dated March 18, stating that Calvo used his authority under the Organic Act to immediately end the members terms.
Despite the Governor's Office previously stating the members terms all expired, Calvo says the terms were still ongoing. Those members include Dr. Joan Gill, Dr. James Murphy, Dr. Patrick Santos, Dr. James Stadler, Julie Lujan, Dr. Ronald Kobayashi and Dr. Ricardo Eusebio. He adds his decision follows discussion he says he had with Health Committee Chair Senator Dennis Rodriguez, Jr., however, Rodriguez is not in full agreement with the chief executive's actions.
"I was concerned that when you relieve the whole board the institutional knowledge and continuity is gone. And also now that there's no board in place any doctors who wish to come in pending application for licenses is basically placed on hold," he said.
The governor, however, did choose to keep Dr. Gill, who he recently nominated to serve another term on the board.
While Rodriguez says he will now have to work with the governor to confirm new members, Calvo says he has not changed his decision to keep Dr. Sam Friedman as a nominee for the board.
Friedman spoke out about the poor practice at GMH during his confirmation hearing. He was nominated along with Dr. Aurelio Espinola.