Opposition Leader concerned about recent blackout at VH

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Opposition Leader concerned about recent blackout at VH
Dr. Gale Rigobert, opposition leader.
Dr. Gale Rigobert, opposition leader.

PRESS RELEASE – Leader of the Opposition Dr. Gale Rigobert has voiced concerns over a series of power outages and unresolved electrical problems at the Victoria Hospital.

The power outages earlier this week affected the Accident and Emergency (A&E) department, the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Operating theatre, which remained without power up until Wednesday, necessitating the cancellation of emergency and scheduled surgeries.

The laboratory was also without power, delaying the performance of vital tests. Patients requiring dialysis have been adversely affected by the severe and frequent power outages.

“These power outages have highlighted further inefficiencies in the Health sector, and in particular at the Victoria Hospital. This also raises serious questions about the effectiveness of the Health Minister, Ms. Alvina Reynolds.”

“The recent spate of power outages underscore the need to comply with the British Standard (BS7671) Wiring Regulations, the Saint Lucia Electricity Act and the importance of adhering to the local Wiring Regulation,” said Rigobert.

According to the Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition, the outages prompt several concerns about; the availability of and effective use of an operations and maintenance manual, the lack of or poor maintenance of equipment, the lack of routine inspections, and the failure to conduct regular safety Dr. Rigobert says these are “particularly poignant” given that in the last few days an employee has suffered an injury — magnifying the existing doubts about the hospital’s adherence to health and safety standards.

These recent occurrences beg the question, “Is the Ministry of Health guilty of breeching health and safety regulations and when last were inspections conducted by the Fire and Emergency Department and the Ministry of Infrastructure?”

Dr. Rigobert called upon the Minister to attend to this situation expeditiously given that lives are at risk and the hospital’s capacity to serve its patients had been crippled due to the blackout.

 

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  1. BEWARE! The sales speech of the JUNK before its SOLD to PRIVATE controls.

    The privatization of tax funded institutions is a very lofty cheese cake for the fangs of downsizing govt.fat political Siamese Cats.

    Not even the church mice are safe.

    Lookout schools, you are next on the Pu PU Platter!

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    • @ Fano, lol, I thought it, you said. I can't tolerate this woman; and I'm a UWP supporter. She tries to hard to come across as intelligent. And unless she's suffering from some medical conditon I think I liked her more with hair.

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  2. Can someone inform St. Lucians of "the number of power outages" at the Hospital? If it is only one then it is incorrect to say "the number of outages" as this politicizes the issue.Additionally, you cannot expect the whole hospital to be fully energized in one instant while the situation is being resolved. Remember it is our St. Lucian Public Officers who are effecting the repairs in the face of politicians accusing them of being unproductive. Think about that!!!!

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  3. Seeking political mileage out of an unfortunate situation, I see!

    Very 'telling' and 'truth worthy' of a (perceived) leader.

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    • What a jackass comment! She should keep quiet? Then she would be a responsible leader, dummy? You are one hell of a country-bookie retard!

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  4. What if someone had died, you all wont be criticizing RIGO. We still don't know how and why 3 people died at St. Jude's three years ago and after millions was collected for reconstruction, the present Government is still dragging it's feet on the reconstruction.
    Are some of you saying, let V.H. go to hell, we are building a new one? Is that the sentiment? and a jackass in N.York says, what's the big deal, he has experienced worse.
    Some of you make me sick. No wonder St.Lucia is going down the sewer.

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  5. What the big deal stop making everything political.I lived in the Big Apple for awhile and some section suffered blackouts,so what the fuss that Victoria Hospital suffered a few hours of blackout.If a breaker is faulty the generator still cannot pass it.Is that so difficult for intelligent people to understand?Dr.Rigobert you are more intelligent than that.I like you as a person but do not make politic make you dumb.

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  6. Stop the politics Gale for heavens sake. I tons of issues with the government but sometimes some of the issues you wish to raise sound so ridiculous!!!

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  7. well since we are soon moving to a new hospital, we should ignore all health and safety standards. lol

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  8. which hospital?
    with which nursing staff?
    the health sector is cripple, theres no coming back.
    the minidyer of healtg is LOST

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  9. Bryner Gal relax yourself when Mondeszot was Min of Health he never ever used to visit VH and address their problems all of a sudden both of youse are beating all you mouth relax we moving into a new hospital soon so hush your mouth!

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    • What a country of retards! It is running over by thousands of dummies!

      It is disgusting that our dumb asses are always writing undiluted crap here about a woman's hair in full country-bookie ignorance whilst the country goes by the tail as so many have neither the basic intelligence nor education to come to grips with the critical issues facing this country. What a godforsaken backward hell hole!

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