Pierre: SLP had three management options for OKEU Hospital

By Gideon Aurelien

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(SNO) — As the debate rages over whether the Owen King European Union (OKEU) Hospital should or should not be privatised, Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre said that at the time his party lost the general elections in June 2016, it was contemplating three options for managing the hospital with privatisation not one of them.

“There is a document that outlines clearly how the St. Lucia Labour Party intended to go through with the commissioning of the Owen King European Union Hospital,” Pierre said.

He did not identify the three options, however he said that at the time his party lost the general elections his administration had not made a decision on which of the three options, to use because his administration was still in discussions with social partners.

“We never contemplated having health services for profit,” Pierre said, adding that the document with the three options was presented to the House of Assembly. According to him, along with the options, were proposals on how to finance the operations at the hospital.

Pierre believes that the government has put itself in a position in which it cannot back out of, simply because the government did not sit and contemplate on what it found when it formed the government in June 2016.

Government has since denied being in a situation that it cannot back out of. In fact, yesterday, the political attaché to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made it clear that while there has been much talk about privatisation of the OKEU Hospital “there has been nothing definitive about the system of management for the OKEU Hospital”.

“There have been many pronouncements about the way forward for the government whether it’s a PPP, privatisation or whatever. According to the information that has been put out by the government, consultations and discussions on the way forward are still not final. There is no legislation, there is no final answer on how the OKEU Hospital is going to be managed,” Norbert Williams said.

But while Williams is right about no definitive statement from the government regarding a management style for the OKEU Hospital, government as well has yet to make a definitive statement saying it would not pursue privatisation of the hospital as an option. As a result, the opposition to privatisation of the hospital is so high, that a small group of placard-bearing protesters gathered today, Sept. 19 outside the hospital to demonstrate against its privatisation.

The group did so in the hope of bringing that message across to representatives of the European Union Court of Auditors on island to monitor, evaluate, manage and make an accounting of programmes funded under the European Union/African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP/EU) Development Co-operation.

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5 comments

  1. We all are seem to be party hacks. I honestly think that both parties are spitting in our faces and based on what side you are it may just be rain to you.

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  2. After two years out of power lol what a joke

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  3. So Mr. P.I.P you are telling us you had not one but THREE MANAGEMENT OPTIONS to run the OKEU hospital but they were on the table for discussion with some of the stakeholders by the time ya'll lost the elections right. Also you and your party are opposing the GOVERNMENT'S PLAN for a PPP because it's not good for the population but you can't share it now whether it is with the: GOVERNMENT OF THE DAY, THE NATION OR EVEN YOUR SUPPORTERS. We the nation are just suppose to believe this and give you and your party a chance to GOVERN this country again to find out about these plans. Mr.PIP where's your national pride, your concern about the population or even your GOODWILL and WELL INTENTIONS? So you telling me you don't want the GOVERNMENTS PLAN but you aren't showing us THE S.L.P'S PLAN. Man you are for self and not country, you are for power not population, you are for let them suffer till they come back begging or have no choice but us and you are just plan wicked if you ask me. That's why we need a proper plan for development for this country. One clear cut plan as to how this country goes forward and nothing else and all the political parties has to do is vie for the GOVERNMENT to make these plans happen if they don't succeed then vote them out let the other come through. Then and only then we'll develop properly as a country and people instead of secrets till we come in, stopping projects, lying about investors and projects to get them stopped and when you come in meet with the same investors and do the same projects and just plan old trick the people. You know what I think about your 3 OPTIONS FOR MANAGEMENT? IT'S JUST A ANOTHER SHAM LIKE YOUR POLITICAL PROMISES OF: A 4 LANE HIGHWAY FROM CASTRIES TO V-FORT, THE 400MIL BEING PUMPED INTO THE ECONOMY IMMEDIATELY ON OUR RETURN TO GOVERNMENT, TELLING US THE REAL REASON WHY FREDERICK LOST HIS VISA, THE OPENING DATE FOR ST.JUDES HOSPITAL AND ALL THE OTHERS THE LIST IS SO LONG I CAN'T REMEMBER ALL. ALL THESE THINGS SAID TO SECURE VOTES AND RETURN TO OFFICE. NOT EVEN A 5 YR OLD YOU CAN USE THESE THINGS ON ANYMORE CAUSE THEY'LL ALWAYS ASK FOR THE PROOF TO CALL YOUR BLUFF AND YOU ARE TELLING ME YOU WANT TO USE THESE TYPE OF TACTICS THAT WORKED IN THE 90'S ON GROWN ASS EDUCATED PEOPLE. MR. PIP PLEASE I'M BEGGING YOU RESPECT US MORE OK.

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  4. Man get the HELL OUT OF HERE with your smoke screens, B.S, human shit and all other thing you coming there with. You think is them LABOUR party supports that does be at ya'll rallies you talking to there mun? We eh the drunk, stupid, no brain, walking dead followers that does be shouting at all shate ya'll saying but when questioned about what was said they can't give a good response because they were too drunk, too hungry and more focused on begging the rest of the supporters for food than to listen or just plain dumb to comprehend what was said. We the real people who can understand don't fall for (“There is a document that outlines clearly how the St. Lucia Labour Party intended to go through with the commissioning of the Owen King European Union Hospital,” Pierre said. He did not identify the three options, however he said that at the time his party lost the general elections his administration had not made a decision on which of the three options, to use because his administration was still in discussions with social partners.) we know better so please WHEEL AND COME AGAIN. What you want us to do vote ya'll back and then we'll know about the three proposals ya'll supposedly had on the table. WHAT A JOKE.

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