Dr. Stephen King has no bad blood against the UWP government

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Dr. Stephen King has no bad blood against the UWP government
Independent Senator Stephen King
Dr. Stephen King

The premature termination of a contract between Dr. Stephen King and the government has not seemed to dampen his willingness to work with the Ministry of Health and the United Workers Party administration, as long as it is in the best interest of the health sector.

Dr. King signed a three-year contract with government in June 2016, under which he was tasked to help develop ways to modernise and improve the health sector. However, the government has opted to end that agreement just one year later.

Speaking to DBS News, Dr. King said he does not think the termination is personal.

“First, all I need to say I am not in any way upset with the government decision. I mean… for the year that I did work with the government it was good. I had a good experience with the planning within the Ministry of Health. We’ve done a lot of work, we’ve defined a package of services, we’ve costed, we’ve identified an approach to how we can finance and we’ve presented this to the government,” he said.

“As far as I am concerned… I’m a St. Lucian, I’m a doctor, [ and] I’m here. I’ll continue to work in the best interest of the health sector. That’s all I am interested in. I’m not worried about the termination of the contract. I don’t think it’s a personal thing and I’m prepared to move on. I’m prepared to work with the government anyway, be it paid or unpaid,” he stated.

Dr. King noted that while there is a lot of work to be done in the health sector, he believes the government is competent to do the job.

“So I don’t think it is essential that Stephen King has to be there for it to happen. That’s not so at all. The government is quite capable and has the resources to make the right decisions and implement. I am happy to play my part in that process,” he added.

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  1. You are not alone Dr. King. Dr. Bird is no longer at Castries Health Centre. Imagine all the needy children their parents cannot afford to pay a Doctor two hundred dollars for a visit. Our needy children will suffer until they die.

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    • You must be joking, Anon. Dr King does not know what he is about. On the one hand he is doing charity work to get young people off drugs ... and on the other, he is promoting the use & consumption of marijuana. Would you like someone like to him to be in charge of the country's health? ... Honestly?

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  2. He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.

    – Titus 2: 14

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  3. Dr King. I am very skeptical about you being tasked with such a job when you would have your businesses in your best interest. I guarantee that you would not have the same equipment in the new hospital as with tapion. Because it would lead to loss of revenue for you. Very very skepitcal considering you own almost all the labs and are a major share holder in tapion hospital. No matter who you are you would always put your business first. Then again I might be suffering from shock and hemorrhage.

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  4. flashing mirrors. the man is a labour but pretending he was getting the perks like the usuall hacks. you know hacks come in all shapes , colours and professions.

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  5. What a humble, generous and classy gentleman. If some of politicians and I daresay many from the general citizenry (especially those idiotic thugs rampaging with firearms and knives) demonstrated more of those attributes, our nation would be in much better shape.

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    • ....But he might be clearing the air about some anticipated feeling of animosity which may have arisen from the decision to discontinue the arrangement with him.

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