Cumberland County Health Dept’s nursing director resigns

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) – The Cumberland County Health Department’s director of nursing has submitted her resignation, CBS North Carolina learned Monday.

Wanda Tart said after 30 years it was time to step down.

Her announcement comes exactly a week after an audit found that between 2011 and 2015, 29 women hadn’t been informed of their abnormal cervical screenings.

In fact, none of the 160 patient records the committee looked at were handled in accordance with policy.

“Sometimes things happen that need to happen,” County Commissioner Charles Evans said.

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However, Tart said her resignation was not in response to the audit.

Evans told CBS North Carolina he wasn’t surprised Tart resigned. He wants to see an independent agency take a closer look at the Health Department.

“There’s much more going on from what I understand, there’s much more going on at the health department than anyone knows about,” Evans said.

CBS North Carolina the first to report problems. Three nurses came forward to express concern that women hadn’t been notified of their test results.

“Our difficulty is going to be regaining the trust of these poor citizens who have nowhere else to go for help,” Evans said.

Evans said Tart’s resignation would be effective August 1st. Tart declined CBS North Carolina’s request for an interview.

The audit committee is expected to present its findings to the finance committee August 3rd.

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