“St. Jude was never a Labour project” – Dr. Anthony says King silent on St. Jude issues

By SNO Staff

Dr. Anthony (right) finds it strange that King (left) whose government conceived the St. Jude reconstruction project is silent on the ongoing issues.

(SNO) – Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has said it is strange that Stephenson King is silent on the St. Jude Hospital issues.

Following the deadly fire that destroyed St. Jude Hospital in 2009, reconstruction began the following year under King who was prime minister of the then ruling United Workers Party (UWP) administration.

The project continued under Dr. Anthony, as prime minister, when the St. Labour Party (SLP) was returned to power in November 2011.

The UWP went back into power in June 2016, under Allen Chastanet, but the St. Jude reconstruction hasn’t been completed. In fact, it has been stalled citing structural and cost-overrun issues, among others, according to the authorities.

However, speaking at a public event recently, Dr. Anthony is wondering why King, who is now Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, hasn’t broken his silence on the status of the project.

“But the strangest thing in all of this is the silence of Stephenson King. St. Jude was never a Labour project. After the fire, it was a UWP conceived project. King is a pillar of silence, while Guy Joseph, Mary Isaac and Chastanet attack the project that King conceived. Chastanet tells King boldface in his presence, there was no plan, no vision, and if there is no plan, no vision, then the person who must take responsibility has to be Stephenson King,” the Vieux Fort South MP said.

Dr. Anthony continued: “They pretended that they didn’t have a handover report that detailed where every container containing the materials for St Jude could be found. In the handover report of Shanta King, Stephenson King, his name is mentioned five times in that report. I don’t know if Shanta King believed and expected that since the UWP was in power, then King would have protected her. You know the number of times my name is mentioned in that handover report? Notwithstanding it is the Labour Government that had to find the money, that had to complete the designs, my name is mentioned on two occasions in that report.”

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24 comments

  1. The article quotes Kenny as saying, “St. Jude was never a Labour project. After the fire, it was a UWP conceived project.”

    In fact, history reads to the EXACT opposite.

    Kenny seems to have a shockingly short, or maybe conveniently short for his own SLP purposes, who knows).

    Consider the speech on May 25, 2016, delivered by the Hon. Alvina Edwards, Kenny’s then minister of health proudly announced that you, after a visit to Taiwan in NOVEMBER 2013 met with the Taiwan President Ma regarding funds, and THAT, in October 2014, SIGNED a loan with the Taiwan Import-Export Bank, the first set of loans the DISBURSED to the Government of St. Lucia in January 2015.
    Feel free to read your then Health Minister’s having your government proudly taking credit for securing funds and progress being made on getting the hospital being re-built:
    https://www.facebook.com/voteslp/posts/10157083451120651:0

    However…

    This speech is only one in a LONG history of Kenny and the SLP over-promising and disappointingly under-delivering their big promises on health care.

    Quite simply, this might be considered by some as both a blatant show abuse of trust and/or repeated disrespect of the St. Lucian people. One almost wonders --- when Kenny has to refer his personal friends and family to seek the best medical care available, does he suggest VH? One wonders…

    In view of Kenny’s latest quote, to remind everyone, “St. Jude was never a Labour project: 'After the fire, it was a UWP conceived project”.

    Seriously, is that how Kenny remembers it? Let’s consider excerpts (questions have been added for reader consideration) from the Kenny’s Address to the Official Signing Ceremony for the Financing Agreement for the New National Hospital 12 years ago in March 2006:

    http://archive.stlucia.gov.lc/primeminister/former_prime_ministers/kenny_d_anthony/statements/2006/address_by_pm_at_the_official_signing_ceremony_for_the_financing_agreement_for_new_national_hospital.htm

    Excerpt:

    • “However, specific allocations have also been made for the advancement of the institutional reforms, quality assurance and the enabling environment for the successful operation of the new hospital. I speak specifically of the provisions within the Financing Agreement for:
    1. Instituting an autonomous governance structure for Victoria Hospital which would allow for greater efficiency and effectiveness of management ahead of its transfer to the new hospital facility.
    2. Improving the institutional capacity of the Ministry of Health for policy, regulation, through reinforcement and integration of corporate planning functions.”

    (Question: Kenny, were they completed, or even started?)

    Excerpt:
    • “Another important anticipated result is that the New National Hospital upon its commissioning in 2009 will be quality assured and internationally accredited. This process began in 2005, with the commissioning of the Canadian Council of Health Services Accreditation to support the national quality initiative designed to have the health service accredited within four years. National structures to institutionalize quality are also being supported through the Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards.”

    (Question: Kenny, what happened?)

    Excerpt:
    • “An important reform initiative which comes immediately to mind is the implementation of the Universal Health Care (UHC) system of national insurance. This health insurance initiative which will be managed by the National Insurance Corporation, the NIC, is designed to ensure equitable access to local and overseas care services by all St. Lucians.”

    (Question: Kenny, you pledged to ”ensure equitable access to local and overseas care services by all St. Lucians. That was 12 years ago. Granted, you were not the PM for that entire period, but what, SUBSTATIVELY did you accomplish as PM towards realizing this enviable and media-friendly public sound byte?)

    Excerpt:
    • “This occasion, as you know, is the signing of an EC$91.7 million or EUR 27.8 million Financing Agreement for the construction of a new general hospital. ‘
    (Question: Kenny, EC$91.7 million. That’s some “big paper”. As a matter of good governance and transparency, was there an audit conducted? If so, where might one find the results published? If not, why was one not done? Is there something that we should know?)

    Excerpt:
    • “To this end, I must point out that we have once again been fortunate to receive EU support under STABEX towards the drafting of a Universal Health Care Bill. Other aspects of health service delivery are also to be drafted into legislation as the policy agenda unfolds.”

    (Question: Kenny, given that you got EU support under STABX you pledged to ” ensure equitable access to local and overseas care services by all St. Lucians." That was 12 years ago. Granted, you were not the PM for that entire period, but what, SUBSTANTIVELY did you accomplish as PM towards realizing this enviable and cunningly campaign-style media sound byte?)

    Kenny seems to forget his history. And he seems to convince St. Lucians to also forget his history.

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  2. Kenny the majority of us saint lucians are not stupid.true there are die hard SLP and UWP supporters.who will follow their parties blindly but it is us logical thinking st.lucians who don't affiliate to any particular party we are the one who decide. you say It was never a labor project but SLP came into power in 2011 under your leadership stayed for five years and over 100 million dollars( $1,000,000) later the project is still not complete.. and you refuse to take responsibility. shame on you sir shame on you.you both are to blame.

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  3. The real substance of the matter is that King began a renovation project, Kenny changed it to construction of a new hospital (it is recorded/documented that he intentionally and substantially changed the scope of the works). That was the action which fundamentally caused a hospital renovation which began at 40 million to a construction effort which ended costing 118 million and is still halfway completed.

    ISN'T THAT SHEER MADNESS IN NOT TO ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY??

    Kenny would have never even showed his face if he did not have some blind backers of his rhetoric. Obviously Kenny will try to muddy the waters just as Donald Trump is doing with the Meuller probe, undermine the investigation. And you are just another Devin Nunes helping him in his effort in not accounting for 78 million dollars. How much is in your wallet?

    So you see how people are the biggest problems and not politicians?

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    • Finally! Somone is thinking logically in St. Lucia. I was under the impression that all St. Lucia were victims of partisan myopia. Thank you for this invaluable contribution; very well stated and well balanced.

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    • Wam there, so very, very true.

      Check out Kenny then Health Minister's speech. Pappy-sho...

      https://www.facebook.com/voteslp/posts/10157083451120651:0

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  4. Kenny stop it nuh

    (1)(0)
  5. https://youtu.be/R4oJhm3kCK8

    for all to fact check kenny in his own words then

    https://youtu.be/c5Ja_ZKHamk
    kenny now ..wow what a man

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  6. Shanta king thrown under the bus ..the same shanta king that they spoke so highly about and her exist report
    I don’t know if Shanta King believed and expected that since the UWP was in power, then King would have protected her. (in his own words ) this man needs to go take a rest
    yes the project was conceived under king as a response to the fire..
    kenny on you returning to power that's where scope creep came in you boasted about state of the art hospital for the south your grande plans ..but with no plans no vision that pronouncement was made by the head of the st.judes board and supported by dr king
    kenny can you recall on assuming office you had a tour of the facility and in your own words said this was money well spent
    another flip flopper

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  7. concerned foreign citizen

    Here we go again. Blame games. Both Chastenant and Kenny have white blood but one looks lighter tihan the other. Put colour and politics away and work together for the people of St Lucia. One love

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  8. concerned foreign citizen

    Here we go again. Blame games. Both Chastenant and Kenny have white blood but one looks lighter than the other. Put colour and politics away and work together for the people of St Lucia. One love

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  9. I am really baffled how our two most popular political parties constantly throw blame on one another for the mishandling of the reconstruction of the St. Jude's hospital. Our politians have become too comfortable and indolent that they no longer maintain a high level of respect for St. Lucians (shame).

    Not only that but, what colour blind St. Lucian's fail to understand is that both parties are at some degree of fault. I believe that if those elected were truly there to serve the people of St. Lucia (and not for their own pockets) this present situation would not have existed.

    If it is not too much of a bruise to their mammoth egos (lawd!!!) representatives of both parties should sit together accompanied by a neutral party (or babysitter) to see what can be done to quickly solve this issue and STOP playing the blame game.

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  10. The white man have the quiet...tbey cant say a word...King is a puppet

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  11. Kenny please do us all a favour.just shut up

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    • What is this "Us" you are talking about? Speak for yourself.
      You cannot attack one word in Kenny's speech so you just want him
      to shut up. Attack the man on substance. Don't be a coward and just say "Shut UP".
      It means that you have nothing.

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      • Substance is that King began renovation, Kenny changed it to construction of a new hospital (it is recorded/documented that he intentionally and substantially changed the scope of the works). That was the action which fundamentally caused a hospital renovation which began at 40 million to a construction effort which ended costing 118 million and is still halfway complete.

        ISN'T THAT SHEER MADNESS??
        Obviously Kenny will try to muddy the waters just as Donald Trump is doing with the Meuller probe, undermine the investigation. And you are just another Devin Nunes helping him in his effort in not accounting for 78 million dollars. How much is in your wallet?

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  12. The Scope of the project was increased in 2011 by the Stevenson King administration months before the election. Commoner, on what points is Kenny Anthony misleading here?

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    • The question is not the scope of work it who increase it. The teal question is where was the 118 million dollars spent

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    • He is lying and this is what he do to his supports and they would believe everything. UWP don't. Checkout untold story.

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  13. If this man was any more misleading he would be telling the truth. Yes we all know King started the project but it was very limited in scope, Not the monstrosity you made of it.

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    • Rubbish commoner, just look back at the computer drawings put out by King, which were to be completed ny 2014. there was this huge billboard opposite the shell gas station at the head of Clarke a\Street and there was also one outside the Dungeon of Shame, Stadium. what do you mean by the scope was Limited. J. A

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