(SNO) — Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. is of the belief that public health employees should demand the immediate resignation of the entire hierarchy of the Ministry of Health, specifically Mary Issac, the health minister.
The organization is also accusing Prime Minister Allen Chastanent of trying to dismantle the public health, education, security and social services systems on the island.
It also wants to see the back of the President of the Nurses Association, Alicia Baptiste.
Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. is basing its call on what it said was information received about the the non-renewal of contracts for registered nurses.
“Information obtained indicates the Ministry of Health and by extension the Government of Saint Lucia will no longer renew the contracts or employ Registered Nurses (RN) as their salaries are too high,” it said. “The Ministry of Health and the Government of Saint Lucia has opted instead, to hire Registered Nursing Assistants (RNA’s) i.e. nurses who have taken the course of study but failed to gain the requisite marks to be Registered Nurses (RN).”
It said this shows that Chastanent has been trying to dismantle certain systems in Saint Lucia.
“These actions over the last two years by the Allen Chastanet Administration towards employees within the public health system exemplifies and perpetuates state sanctioned marginalization and emotional abuse,” the organization said. “Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has consistently tried to dismantle the Public Health, Education, Security and Social Services Systems in favor of questionable economic investment opportunities while our people die daily at Victoria and St. Jude Hospitals.”
Based on this, the organization said the resignation of Isaac and Baptiste should be called for.
“We strongly believe that Saint Lucian’s and public health employees should demand the immediate resignation of the entire hierarchy of the Ministry of Health, specifically Mary Issac and the President of the Nurses Association Alicia Baptiste for failing to uphold the oath of office and abusing the privilege invested in them as leaders,” it said.