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Health minister 'led bid to oust previous board'

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UNDER-FIRE Health minister Mark Dorey instigated the moves which ultimately led to him replacing Deputy Hunter Adam at HSSD, it has emerged.

UNDER-FIRE Health minister Mark Dorey instigated the moves which ultimately led to him replacing Deputy Hunter Adam at HSSD, it has emerged.

Deputy Dorey, pictured, suggested a vote of no confidence in the previous political board and helped to draft the requete which led to the members resigning a year ago.

It was not known at that time that Deputy Dorey intended putting his name forward as minister and he was elected in place of the Policy Council's preferred candidate, head of Housing Dave Jones. However, while Deputy Dorey suggested the no confidence vote, he wanted Mike Hadley to lead it rather than himself.

Deputy Hadley is now leading a vote of no confidence against Deputy Dorey over what he says is the minister's mishandling of the bowel cancer screening programme and the issue of how the budget has been spent.

Deputy Hadley is also accusing Deputy Dorey of being misleading about his motives for attacking the previous Health board. At the time, Deputy Dorey said Deputy Adam was wrong to close wards to save money but a written answer to questions has shown that the current board continued to keep beds closed to save money.

However, Deputy Dorey last night rejected Deputy Hadley's claims.

'There is simply no truth in the suggestion that I have not kept my election promises, or that wards were kept closed for financial gain; and there is no reasonable justification for a motion of no confidence in the department.'

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