Republicans say they're disappointed with Bigby's response to the meningitis outbreak that has killed 36 people, and the state drug lab scandal that has led to the release of nearly 200 inmates.
In a letter to Governor Deval Patrick, Republicans said both these cases raise serious questions about leadership in the state's Health and Human Services agency. They added that Bigby's response to public hearings at the State House on these events have been inadequate.
“The time has come, particularly in light of testimony yesterday that was uninspiring, lacking; I would say less-than-forthcoming,” said
House Minority Leader Brad Jones (R-North Reading).
“I would ask her to step down and do the right thing for the people of the Commonwealth,” said
Rep. Elizabeth Poirier (R-North Attleborough).
A spokesperson for Secretary Bigby avoided answering whether she would step down. In a statement, Bigby's office said she will continue to take actions necessary to restore confidence in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
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