Newly-announced United Workers Party (UWP) candidate for Castries Central, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has been criticized for comments she made about Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony.
Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) General Secretary, Leo Clarke took Flood-Beaubrun to task over the comments she made on Wednesday on Newsmaker Live, which suggested that Dr. Anthony does not care about mentally challenged people.
Flood-Beaubrun, a former Minister of Health and Human Service under a previous SLP administration, said she was asked by the PM why she was paying so much emphasis on looking after the mentally ill, and wad told that they do not vote at an election.
But Clarke, who admitted that he was not present when Flood-Beaubrun and Dr. Anthony had that conversation, said that record states otherwise.
To substantiate his argument that the PM and the current administration do care about the mentally ill, Clarke said that the government created an allowance for parents of differently abled children. He said government has also made an effort to introduce a home care for the elderly programme.
However, it was during Flood-Beaubrun’s tenure as minister which led to the establishment of a new mental health institution in Saint Lucia and saw improvements in how mentally ills persons were cared for.