State House News Service reports that Republican lawmakers are charging Dr. JudyAnn Bigby, the Mass. Secretary of Health and Human Services, with lack of adequate oversight following an evidence-tampering scandal at the state drug lab and disclosures of tainted steroids at the The New England Compounding Center linked to more than 30 deaths around the nation. The news service reports that GOP leaders are calling for Bigby’s resignation:
House Minority Leader Brad Jones and members of his leadership team sent a letter to Patrick expressing their lack of confidence in Bigby to successfully manage the troubling situations, which both involve the Department of Public Health, an agency under Bigby’s oversight.
Bigby has testified twice this month before lawmakers during oversight hearings looking into the problems at the former Department of Public Health drug lab in Jamaica Plain and pharmacy industry oversight. While she has acknowledged that managers and regulators in both cases missed red flags and opportunities to limit the scope and spread of problems, she has told lawmakers that much of blame falls on the individuals involved in the wrongdoing. Continue reading