Nationwide News has learnt that Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Winston De La Haye, is to leave the post early next year.

Dr. De La Haye is to return to the University of the West Indies, UWI where he’d served as a lecturer before his appointment as CMO in January 2016.

He had replaced Dr. Marion Bullock Duccasse.

Dr. Bullock Duccasse went on early retirement amid heavy criticism of her management of the ‘dead babies scandal’ where newborns died at the University Hospital of the West Indies and the Cornwall Regional Hospital as a result of a bacterial infection in 2015.

Dr. De La Haye confirmed with our news center this afternoon that he’ll be demitting office effective January 31 next year.

De La Haye is a consultant psychiatrist.

This year he’s faced heavy criticism from ganja advocates who’ve accused him of not facilitating the development of the cannabis industry.

He has rejected the criticisms.

On the other hand, he’s been credited in some quarters for improving the communication output from the Ministry of Health.

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