SLP playing politics with the health of the nation, says UWP

By UWP

Soufriere Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques UWP Constituency Branch is dismayed by the St. Lucia Labour Party persistently playing partisan politics with the healthcare of the people of St. Lucia.

While we share the St. Lucia Labour Party’s concern about the closure of the Soufriere Hospital we are disgusted by their Press Statement on June 4th. Their statement was saturated with unbridled hypocrisy and dishonesty. It is common knowledge that the St. Lucia Labour Party knew that the Soufriere Hospital was closed as a result of damage caused by two fires. The first one occurred in November 2017 and the second one, a fire deemed to be arson, occurred a mere six weeks later in December.

The St. Lucia Labour Party also knows that the hospital remained closed while the St. Lucia Fire Service and subsequently the Royal St. Lucia Police Force carried out their investigations into the cause of the fire. The reports from these investigations were presented to the relevant authorities approximately two months ago. Since then, an assessment of the damage caused by the fire was commissioned and rehabilitative works to restore the hospital to a state where it can operate efficiently and safely has already commenced.

Furthermore, we would like to remind the St. Lucia Labour Party that between May 1997 to June 2016 Hon. Walter Francois and Hon. Harold Dalsan, both members of the St. Lucia Labour Party, were the Members of Parliament for Soufriere/St. Jacques, a total of twenty years! What was their contribution to improving the condition of the Soufriere Hospital during those two decades? The last improvement works at the Soufriere Hospital occurred in 2011 during the tenure of a UWP government. The then scope of works included the complete replacement of the roof, renovations to several wards, painting, plumbing and electrical works. Such is the hypocrisy of the St. Lucia Labour Party.

The Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques UWP Constituency Branch would like to reassure the people of the constituency including the St. Lucia Labour Party that the Soufriere Fond St. Jacques District Representative, Honourable Herod Stanislas, will not rest when the rehabilitative works on the existing Soufriere Hospital is complete and the hospital reopens. HE would like to inform everyone that the plans for the new Soufriere Hospital Project are already in motion and that the Government of St. Lucia will begin the implementation of the project before the end of 2018.

Honourable Herod Stanislas would like assure his constituents that he is focused on delivering on all of his campaign promises. He urges everyone to be patient and do not be distracted by histrionics of the St. Lucia Labour Party. Rome was not built in two years.

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5 comments

  1. So When is SLP not playing politics?

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  2. You two cent ain't worth nothing. We suffering. U don't care?

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  3. Stop making excuses and just do the work ! The reason you are in power is because you PROMISED to do better and right now things just getting worse!

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  4. Seriously UWPEES

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    • I guess that's all you can say since everyone knows that what has been said in this release is indeed facts. I'm a Soufrierian and I can't dispute the truth. Our previous reps did absolutely nothing during their tenure to upgrade the hospital. I was an onlooker during the efforts to extinguish both fires and I can honestly say that I expected the hospital to be closed down for quite a while after the last fire. That's how serious it appeared to me and most persons present. So while I do want the facility to be reopened promptly, I also want it to be a safe place where we can go for medical assistance and not have to be worried about a collapsing roof or having to be frantically evacuated because of another blaze. This is a very old structure (with its foundation previously battered and overwhelmed by the overflowing waters of the Soufriere river during Tropical Storm Debbie and Hurricane Tomas), and I think that the authorities should leave nothing to chance in ensuring that the Soufriere hospital is safe for everyone upon reopening. Just my two cents.

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