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Political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) Allen Chastanet has responded to criticisms by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) about him having supported a decision to abort Universal Health Care (UHC).
Chastanet said in a post on his Facebook page on Wednesday afternoon that the SLP government had 15 years to implement UHC but never did.
“The people gave them another chance in 2011; four years later they are still trying to pass the blame,” he said.
Chastanet went on to state that he was not the Prime Minister in the last UWP administration.
“It did not happen. That is why I became the leader to effect change. The SLP should stop the excuses and do what the people elected them to do,” he asserted.
He continued: “Blaming me or the UWP will not get the job done. If they cannot get it done, just tell St. Lucians that they cannot get it done but quit already with the excuses and the blame.”
The SLP said in a statement that it is sad that “Chastanet’s narrow political interests”, do not allow him to see beyond his ambitions and to realize that health care financing should not be a partisan issue.
The ruling party blasted the UWP leader stating that it is hypocritical of Chastanet to use the issue of healthcare financing as a campaign tool, after ignoring it for nine years.