New York City Health Commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot resigned on Tuesday in protest of her “deep disappointment” with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s treatment of the coronavirus outbreak and subsequent attempts to maintain that control.
Her departure came after escalating tensions between the Municipality and senior officials of the Department of Health, which began at the start of the city explosion in March, erupted in public view.
“I leave my post today with a deep disappointment that during the most critical public health crisis in our lives, that the incomparable̵7;s disease control expertise was not used to the extent it could have been,” she said. in her resignation email sent to Mr. de Blasio, a copy of which was shared with The New York Times.
“Our experts are world-renowned for their epidemiology, surveillance and response work. The city would be well served by placing them in the strategic response center not in the background.”
Public health officials have reacted to the mayor’s decision to remove the Department of Health’s responsibility for tracking contact and giving it in place to the public hospital system. The Department of Health has been conducting such surveys for decades; public hospitals do not have.