Opposition leader expresses concern over conditions at St. Jude Hospital

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Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert.


PRESS RELEASE –
Leader of the Opposition and MP for Micoud North, Dr. Gale Rigobert has voiced her concerns about the dire conditions that threaten to cripple the operations of the nation’s hospital in the south.

According to Rigobert, such conditions, if not addressed immediately, can have serious implications for the lives, health and safety of patients and workers alike.

Dr. Rigobert has learned that the hospital is cash strapped and has not been able to meet its financial obligations. Information is, that both local and foreign vendors are refusing to honour orders for general and medical supplies, and there are claims that even tissue paper is in short supply, and commonly used medication such as Panadol and Tylenol are sometimes unavailable and patients must source these elsewhere.

Dr. Rigobert has been informed that the constant malfunctioning of lab equipment means that critical blood work (customarily done at the hospital) has to be done elsewhere, resulting in unnecessary delays and potentially compromising the general health status of patients.

She’s been told, that among a long list of equipment that is not fully functional, are the washers ––which means that on occasion linens must be transported to the Victoria Hospital in the north to be laundered. More recently, the situation has gotten to the point where patients are reporting that they are being asked to bring their own bed sheets.

Staff are lamenting that the problems that confront hospital employees and patients are fast becoming unbearable. Reports are that in the last few months, poor plumbing and low water supply have resulted in a water crisis forcing employees to carry buckets of water to service washrooms.

Hospital employees are bemoaning the fact that they are even forced to boil water to bathe patients in buckets, which itself can be hazardous.

Concerns are rife that the fast deteriorating physical infrastructure of the George Odlum Stadium, where the makeshift hospital is currently housed, cannot withstand even the slightest weather system. Already, employees report, that it is not uncommon to discover bits of the hospital roof in the yard. This is especially worrying given that we are now in the hurricane season.

Concerned hospital staff are at their wit’s end and fear for their health and safety, not to mention the wellbeing and lives of patients. The leader of the opposition is calling on the Health Minister Alvina Reynolds and the Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny D Anthony to address this matter urgently. Dr. Rigobert said the government needs to hasten the completion of the St. Jude hospital, which is evidently moving at a snail’s pace.

The staff of the St. Jude hospital continue to demonstrate their commitment to their jobs and the clients they serve, but do so under very difficult circumstances.

Medical staff warn that the present conditions at St. Jude hospital do not lend themselves to an environment where adequate health care can be given. Dr. Rigobert in reassuring the staff and patients of St. Jude says that she is “committed to highlighting the plight of staff and patients of St. Jude and the residents of the South and to ensuring that the government makes the St. Jude hospital a priority”.

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  1. I listen to opposition leader speak and boy she cant talk to save her life u have to do better than that woman if u want to be a leader no disrespect to u

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  2. There is a lot more to the St. Jude hospital saga, People of the south lets put our heads together and see what we can do to save St. Jude Hospital, if we truly care let meet with the administrator and see what can be done, "WHO WILL BE THE NEXT PATIENT" who cannot get the life caring test or medicine. Their number is 4546041,lets get the ball rolling.

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    • Only yard fowls see just only what to see, or only just what they want to hear.

      The holy and blessed thing happening now is that "The rains fall both on the godly and on the ungodly". It is very comforting to see that because of this, all of our backsides are hurting, and caught up in the mess, UWP and SLP.

      Kenny to Saint Lucians, "I got your votes, suckers

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  3. How long has the "hospital" been housed at the stadium? That is unacceptable and instead of pointing fingers and trying to pass the blame we need to be ashamed of ourselves. Everyone of us not just ministers and parties. I would hate to be sick in Saint Lucia period. Today we do not even have a proper health care system. How saint lucia has fallen. That is a damn shame. Now part of the reason why we are in this mess to begin with is because we have a culture of not paying our hospital bills. How many of us have been hospitalized at Saint Jude's, given birth there etc and never paid our bills? We are a poor country, third world country I don't think we can expect the government to pay all our bills for us. Most of us don't pay taxes so where is the government getting money anyway? Yet, for carnival season we can mind the money to buy our costumes. Jazz we are first in line to buy our ticket. But our health no sir.

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  4. BETWEEN SLP AND UWP MILLIONS OF DOLLARS HAVE BEEN LINED IN THE POCKETS OF THE HACKS THROUGH CONTRACTS THAT PRODUCE SUB STANDARD PROJECTS,AND NOW OUR HEALTH CARE FACILITY IS IN A DESPERATE NEED FOR THOSE FUNDS....

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  5. We are in so much trouble in St Lucia and we cannot see it. Everything is going to come to ahead sooner or later and will be a disaster . We are stupid , refuse to advocate for ourselves and things has been bad for so long some of think its ok.

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  6. all of you want new hospital I want to no how many of you contribute to the tax system for thing to get done in the country

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  7. as far I can see uwp was is power for a very long time and nothing was done to sort out the mess

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    • I am 100% certain that if these things were happening under the UWP, Dr Kenny would have ponce on it like a leech, like he did with the fuel,the 14.5%. He went as far as saying in effect, that he will prevent investors from coming to St Lucia.

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  8. Gale a man just lost his life on the reconstruction sight...instead of sending condolences to his family you choose to talk about this now.......talk about wrong timing..........bs

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  9. I have to agree with her on very poor conditions at St. Jude, the lack of supplies, things breaking, etc, etc, etc. Everything is for the NEW NATIONAL HOSPITAL, then Victoria. St. Jude gets the leftovers, if any at all. The Health Minister should be the one to answer or reply to this. It's such a shame when employee's are asked to bring paper towels from home to use, instead of the hospital providing them.

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  10. since Kenny became PM this time around he has NEVER EVER visited St Jude Hospital at the stadium.

    now tell me what kind of PM is that and his district is VF. very poor Kenny Anthony aka St Lucia Prime Minister

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  11. Ben U get your fact strait, you all think the monies donated in 2009 was adequate enough to rebuild St. Jude, no body cares about St. Jude Hospital. Gale thanks for reaching out to the patients and staff. Not even Kenny cares.

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  12. Rigobert needs to shut up because if I remeber, her government was in power when the hospital was destroyed. Her government was in power when 'plenty'of money was given to rebuild the hospital. If I recall, when the SLP government took over, the work done did not correspond with the amount of money which had been spent. So dear lady, even with your good speeches; you are not in a position to talk unless you answer some questions regarding what happened at the site between 2009 and November 2011. I despise hypocrisy.

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  13. NEWSFLASH!!!!!
    These are long standing recurring situations that have never ever been addressed, or have been addressed inadequately.
    Funds from operations have to be used to pay underfunded salaries, pay for supplies, maintenance of infrastructure, replacement and maintenance of equipment etc etc etc.
    It is mandatory that St. Jude Hospital grant exemptions to certain categories of patients. However, the supplies, medication etc used on those patients are not reimbursed to the hospital.
    Also, this being a public hospital, the vast majority of patients do not pay their bills. Tell me, how on earth is the hospital suppose to recover that expense/s?
    The washers have been an issue from September 2009. Dedicated staff have had to travel to VH at 1am to get laundry washed etc, etc, etc.
    The plumbing, low water supply etc. have been issues from day one. See reports of the numerous floods from burst pipes!!!
    Yet, staff have persevered!!!
    The heat at the stadium is unbearable, especially during the summer months.
    Yet, staff have persevered!!!
    There are three or five departments all enclosed in a single rooms at the stadium
    Yet, staff have persevered!!!
    And the list goes on.
    These are not "present" conditions.
    Special note should be taken that this is a PUBLIC HOSPITAL. The hospital cannot turn patients away.
    This is just the tip of the iceberg.
    A complete revision of the health care system needs to be undertaken, sooner than later.

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    • Public hospital is not only in St Lucia. It is the responsibility of government to take care of the poor and needy. I know, I know we just have a government for show.

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  14. We need to hear even more often from you madam on these burning issues. I just love to hear you speak. Such poise. Such delivery. You give us hope for a much brighter future than we are having now. Thanks.

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    • Is it the St. Jude's Hospital or the converted stadium? I'm just asking because the St. Jude's Hospital has not yet been commissioned.

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        • Therefore, the highlight should not have been on St.Jude's but the stadium which definitely need serious maintenance. Now, don't be fooled into believing that the maintenance problems began in within the last two and a half years. No way! Go back with that Madam Gail. In the same breath, though, the present administration should definitely look into those issues.

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  15. I agree that there is a need for urgency in completing St. Judes Hospital and likewise improving the standard of health for residents of the south however Dr. Rigobert needs to acknowledge that these problems did not pop up overnight.

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    • Of course not.

      There is always opportunity cost.

      One cannot spend or worse, waste scarce money on one thing and then expect to be able to get that same limited money to spend on a dire necessity like health care.

      That is why regarding the maintenance of the health care facilities, one wonders why $45 million was squandered on the Frenwell OPIAGE, $85 million on the Black Bay lands OPIAGE, and $168 million etherized in the Grynberg Affair, yet another OPIAGE.

      Did some report make mention of Saint Lucia being idiot country? It figures.

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