Vivek Murthy
U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy at The National Action Network Conference on April 14, 2016. (Image: Dennis Van Tine—STAR MAX/Getty Images)

In what can only be called a victory for second amendment and patient privacy rights, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a statement on Friday announcing Dr. Vivek Murthy has been fired from his post as U.S. Surgeon General.

Anti-gun Surgeon General “relived of his duties”

The HHS statement read, “Dr. Murthy has been relieved of his duties as Surgeon General and will continue to serve as a member of the Commissioned Corps.”

“More committed to politics than to patients”

Murthy, a native of the United Kingdom, was appointed by former President Obama two years ago to the cheers of big-government bureaucrats and gun control advocates. He was a vocal supporter of the disastrous Obamacare system and founded “Doctors for Obama”, a political lobbying organization that later changed its name to the more subtle, if less accurate, “Doctors for America”.

Referring to the U.S. constitution’s second amendment right to keep and bear arms as a “public health threat”, Murthy was a stanch advocate of gun control. His organization launched “Docs vs. Glocks”, a campaign that lobbied for the passage of state and federal laws requiring doctors to question patients about their gun-ownership status. Doctor’s were then encouraged to report that information to the federal government without the patient’s knowledge or consent; a blatant violation of HIPPA patient privacy laws. In true Orwellian fashion, the organization openly encouraged pediatric doctors to interrogate children regarding their parent’s gun status.

Most Republican senators opposed Murthy’s nomination to the post of U.S. Surgeon General, arguing the doctor was selected based on his political support of former President Obama and lacked the experience to be the nation’s leading health advocate. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) noted, “This nominee seems much more committed to politics than to patients.”

Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams named as acting Surgeon General

The HHS statement issued on Friday announced that Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, the current Deputy Surgeon General, will serve as the acting Surgeon General, assuming the leadership of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

Trent-Adams has served for more than 24 years as chief nurse officer for the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, as deputy associate administrator for the HIV/AIDS bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services, and as a nurse officer in the U.S. Army. A graduate of both Hampton University and the University of Maryland, she holds a doctoral degree as well as a master of science degree in nursing and health policy.

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