Vieux Fort residents against demolishing new St. Jude Hospital

By Kingsley Emmanuel

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Don’t ever attempt to demolish the St. Jude Hospital!

That’s the stern warning Vieux-Fortians have issued to the government after it announced that it is considering demolishing the hospital which is being rebuilt after being destroyed by fire eight years ago. The hospital, it claimed is of a poor standard and demolishing it is one of its options.

The warning has come from supporters of both the St. Lucia Party (SLP) and the United Workers Party (UWP) who have described the thought of demolishing the building as absurd.

When this reporter interviewed a number of them, there was venom in their voices as they expressed profound anger by the statements of government officials as it relates to the future of the hospital.

The situation has drove Vieux-Fortians into a militant mood. They say they are prepared to do almost anything to prevent government from demolishing the hospital which St. Lucians of all classes and age have made financial donations to reconstruct.

However, while some are venting their concerns openly without mincing words, others, many of whom include supporters of the UWP, are complaining in hush tones.

Vieux-Fortians feel all the lame excuses government is making for considering to demolish the hospital is a pretext to facilitate the construction of the race track, which is now a very contentious issue. They say no one with a functioning brain will ever consider doing such “madness” at a time when the country has no money to even provide basic needs to its citizens.

A supporter of the UWP who spoke to this reporter on condition of anonymity said: “I am a supporter of the United Workers Party but now they (UWP) are forming the fool… I will be the first to demonstrate if any attempt is made to demolish the hospital.”

“Not over my dead body will this happened!” Hilary Saltibus fumed.

According to Saltibus, a former UWP candidate who contested the Vieux-Fort South seat some years ago, Vieux-Fortians will never allow such a thing to happen.

Winston Lubin said: “If the hospital is demolished I will be out there demonstrating…However, I don’t think that will ever happen.”

According to Lubin, the best option is to demolish the small cubicles in it and make it larger, adding that demolishing the entire hospital is not necessary.

“Is it a Teo Ah Khing ploy? ” he asked.

Larry Cadette said he will only support the demolishing of the hospital if another hospital will be built at the same site where the one under construction is located in Augier.

Anthony Bellas Said: “If that happens I will go there and demonstrate naked… Demolish $118 million and start from scratch?” he asked.

He said for every problem there is a solution, adding that there is one to deal with the problem with the hospital.

Another resident of Vieux-Fort who claims to be a supporter of the UWP said he will not say or do anything right now, but will surely do something if any attempt is made to demolish the hospital.

In the meantime residents of the south are lamenting the terrible state of the St. Jude Hospital which is now housed at the George Odlum stadium.

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29 comments

  1. We truely need foreigners to govern St Lucia as all our MP's be they SLP /UWP are totally incomPetent and corrupted. How can they accept international donations and fill their pockets as well as their family and friends.
    This could never happen in the USA or the UK. They would all be thrown in jail. How can 118 million dollars be spent on St. Jude and to date it has not been completed. All the contractors / MPs etc should be held responsible. As an island,we may have to fall in order to rise again. We cannot continue to accept this. We need to take a stand against all MPs. We elected them. We can break them in the same way that we made them. They took an oath to serve the people and the country and this is not happening. We in St. Lucia can set an example for the other islands and show governments that they must listen to the people.
    @ Guy Joseph, how can you and other ministers set up companies and allocate yourselves government contracts. If this was the USA / UK you would be thrown in jail.
    STOP ALL THIS CORRUPTION AND RESPECT YOUR COUNTRY AND ITS PEOPLE.
    You cannot demolish the hospital.

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  2. Shanta King through two administrations never sold her integrity for 30 pieces of copper. In such a situation I have no doubt that she would have her tendered her resignation as oppose to sucking up.

    It is people like Norman St. Ville that give public officer a bad name. Man grow a spine.

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  3. St. Jude is the patron saint of desperate cases and lost causes,

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  4. The problem is the Ministry of Physical Planning .. There are standards for all types of structure.... Where were you'l l the professionals to stop unplanned development?????...do you'll jobs and don't be intimated by anyone ; once you'll are acting within the law........Prime Minister and Ministers are not above the law we need to understand that ...Planning Wake Up... Shalom....One love.

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  5. The problem is the Ministry of Physical Planning .. There are standards for all types of structure.... Where were you'l l the professionals to stop unplanned development?????...do you'll jobs and don't be intimated by anyone ; once you'll are acting within the law.....Planning Wake Up... Shalom....One love.

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  6. It is interesting that no question is asked of the ms. king who was overlooking this project, who now has a job in Bds.
    She should be made to answer some questions about the state of St. Jude.

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  7. People stop making this a political issue this a national issue, we need this hospital to service the southern part of the island

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  8. Can someone ask the Minister of finance or the Accountant General how much money we collected for saint jude. This is where the investigation should

    start because all monies collected were given to government.. How much was spent and how much is left. We toying with the idea on non technical persons saying the structure is not sound and we forgetting about the money collected... then again which administration will answer because both are guilty.

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  9. Why the personal attacks?
    What does it matter what party they belong to? Vieuxfortians have suffered enough at the hands of both political parties! Demolishing the newly constructed hospital is pure rubbish! I'm infuriated at how petty some people can be! St Jude is the lifeline of the south even now that it is housed in the stadium!
    Health is wealth to any nation and if a government doesn't see healthcare as a priority in a country they need not be in government.
    The conditions at the stadium are horrible, and continue to deteriorate, yet, people are more concerned about political affiliation than what's important to us as a community. The pipes have ruptured 4 times over the years at the stadium, endangering life and health, the last time only about a month ago..... Come on people..... Open your eyes!
    They want to take everything from us in the South! They said we didn't deserve the stadium because we don't produce athletes!
    The sea port has been rendered useless
    They want to take the hospital away
    And trust me, if they could they would relocate the airport too!
    Smh
    Is a race track more important than my health or yours? Or that of the children and elderly people in and around the south?
    Is it more important than the jobs that will be lost and the livelihoods of the people?
    Your ailing mother with the bad heart, father, grandmother, sister or brother..... More importantly, your ailing child.... Will they make it to soufriere or Denney on time? When critical patients from those hospitals are usually sent to St Jude for treatment and care? Ask yourselves.... Will they make it to VH?
    Vieux fortians never cease to amaze me! That's the reason they continue to call us and treat us like fools! We prove them right every time! Sad day in St. Lucia.

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  10. Why the personal attacks? Vieuxfortians have suffered enough at the hands of both political parties! Demolishing the newly constructed hospital structure is pure rubbish talk! I'm infuriated at how petty some people can be! St Jude is the lifeline of the south even now that it is housed in the stadium!
    Health is wealth to any nation and if a government doesn't see healthcare as a priority in a country they need not be in government.
    The conditions at the stadium are horrible, yet people are more concerned with political affiliation than what's important to us as a community. The pipes have ruptured 4 times over the years at the stadium, the last time only about a month ago..... Come on people..... Open your eyes!
    They want to take everything from us in the South! They said we didn't deserve the stadium because we don't produce athletes!
    The sea port has been rendered useless
    They want to take the hospital away
    And trust me, if they could they would relocate the airport too!
    Smh
    Vieux fortians never cease to amaze me! That's the reason they continue to call us and treat us like fools! We prove them right every time! Sad day in St. Lucia.

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  11. Uwp were urll get that old priminister from big time loser wow!

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  12. It cannot be both ways. It cannot be just demolish the hospital and at the same time let all of the culprits go scotch free. If the hospital is demolished then the culprits of the mismanagement and financial fiasco MUST be identified and held accountable in a court of law. Citizens cannot continue to be abused by poor political directions and their consultants ripping off the country and our tax money. Making a mockery of the Mexican and Taiwanese governments who gave generous donations.

    So what about the million dollar forensic audit which suppose to be in the hands of the AG and for which it has not been made public

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  13. NO DEMOLITION: Too damn much was spent before it was found out that a lot was wrong
    starting with the Internal design and the construction, by then it was too late; but wait; we can
    solve this.
    When your wife ask you, "look dear, do you love it?" don't be afraid to tell her, grudgingly, "only a bit
    but you can take off a bit from the Hip, shorten the Skirt and raise the cleavage." she will love you for it.
    DON'T TEAR ANYTHING, JUST FIX WHAT HAS TO BE FIXED. A buck here and a buck there, big deal, fix it.

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  14. I wish Maria had pass over St Lucia instead. The St Judes would have been demolished together with some of these useless labourites.

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  15. Who wants to see Anthony Bellas useless "greezhe" penis?

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  16. Drug dealers and supporters of the SLP. Sadly, I have to support the protest against the demolition of the building.

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  17. With the exception of Larry Cadette, all the others are SLP surrogates. Hilary Saltibus for the past 10 years has been and executive of the SLP VFort South constituency branch. Why is he still being described as an ex UWP candidate even if he was. Anthony Bellas is already naked and he is not aware. He should have asked for the over 100 million dollars Kenny said he spent on the hospital. Winston Lubin aka Father is like a vagrant. These are the guys who have VFort where it is. These are the same guys who accepted all what Kenny did to VFort. Demolish and rebuild if this is what's necessary. These hack will be very disappointed if it is not demolished because they are looking for a confrontation.

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  18. What are the doctors and nurses saying Oh my God coward people

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    • A building which was not built to hospital standard or with approval is worth nothing. The stadium is bad but going into a building with poor standards is just as bad. How can you havae a hospital wherw you cant even wheel a patient properly out of the door?
      Why didn't the heads make sure that St. Jude hospital was being built according to international standards just as the Owen king hospital? I wonder...

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  19. as a uwp supporter and voter if yall want to loose the next election by a landslide just go and touch that hospital for yall to see.

    you mean to say after waiting eight damn long ass years people bawling for that hospital to be fixed all yall government officials is overseas yall going to get damn treatment and we have to suffer in a bloody stadium not to mention the treatment we getting you want to mash up the entire hospital.

    uh, you think that is something, people died there up to now people moaning, the lady who said she dont give a damn about that memorial celebration there was DAMN right and she know why she didnt go to uh.

    people donated their hard earned money to buy things which cannot be bought again you going to mash the place and rebuild. its best yall didnt take the people money.

    i have never heard of such jackassness in my life even if kenny do stupid things already but this one is the most stupid

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  20. A comedy of errors: when politicians of any shade or colour get involved in matters which should
    be dealt with by the respective Technical Order, they make silly and expensive decisions; this is one of them.

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  21. Still can't govern. They will tear it down well just to say "I did my way" let they try it the amount of licks they would get.

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  22. How many of the people interviewed have any knowledge of construction or any idea of the requirements of a hospital structure.

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    • Anonymous and your point is??????

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    • Thats besides the point you jackass. something as important as a hospital those requirements should have been done from the beginning of the new hospital and not now and also importantly PEOPLE DONATED THEIR HARD EARNED MONEY,DONATED. so all the money that was donated by the citizens of saint lucia will just basically be thrown away if that hospital is destroyed that is why people are even more furious

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