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Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) spokesman on health Moses Jn Baptiste said he will not entertain any suggestion that his party or any group would set fire to a hospital.
The former agriculture minister was responding to questions from the media today, Dec. 5 about rumours that the SLP was behind the two fires within a one-month period – Nov. 9-Dec. 2, 2017 – at the Soufriere Hospital.
He said anyone who has any such evidence should report the matter to the authorities so that an investigation can be carried and the “criminals” brought to justice.
“We have said before that we will not even entertain any discussion on whether the Labour Party or any party or any individual actually set fire to a hospital. We do not believe it is even within the thinking of individuals to set fire to a hospital,” Jn Baptiste said, calling the rumours “political hogwash”.
“We are not going to entertain any notion, that not just the Labour Party, but any group set fire to the hospital,” he emphasised, while expressing concern for the well-being of residents in the community, as well as concern that two fires have occurred within one month at the medical institution.
Jn Baptiste backed up statements made by Health Minister Mary Isaac that his colleagues have yet to receive a formal statement on the investigation into the first Soufriere Hospital fire.
No one was injured in either fires.