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(PRESS RELEASE) — The issue of adequate and quality healthcare for the people of the Gros Islet constituency, the most populous region in St Lucia, is very dear to my heart. Therefore, if given the opportunity to become the next district representative of Gros Islet, I will endeavour, after consultation with my constituents, to address this critical situation and to implement a number of sensible and ambitious projects aimed at spurring job growth and improving the quality of life in my district.
Over the last 10 years, I have engaged in a progressive brand of politics which places little emphasis on trivial political warfare. Moreover, in as much as I may, from time to time, engage in constructive criticism of my opponents if this is warranted, I also understand that I better have ideas and solutions of my own in order to inspire others to arrive at workable solutions to St Lucia’s problems.
It is, therefore, in the spirit of transparency and a serious attitude to representing the interests of the people of Gros Islet that I will, in the coming months, outline a set of priorities that will fully explain what voters can expect from my stewardship in my first, second, third, fourth, and final years of representation.
This is, consequently, an opportune moment to change course; move away from the current lazy, inefficient, visionless, haphazard, and uninterested approach to representation; and instead embrace a bold new concept which involves innovative planning and the implementation of strategic ideas aimed at developing our constituency in a holistic manner and creating real jobs while simultaneously attending to the health needs of our people.
My Pledge: Adequate and Quality Healthcare for Gros Islet
Government, must find a way to expand healthcare and offer quality and affordable services to the people of Gros Islet and all of Saint Lucia. Moreover, prioritising people’s health, is not only a progressive and strategic policy but also one which is sure to deliver a quality standard of living to every Gros Islian. In this regard, in the very first year of my representation, I will expeditiously convert the newly completed and spacious human resource centre into a community hospital. Adequate plans will also be put in place for parking to ensure that the throughway into Gros Islet via Dauphin Street will always be accessible to vehicular traffic.
Other benefits will be derived from having a hospital in Gros Islet, and these will not be limited to the convenience of care that will be delivered to the people of Gros Islet and its environs. Rather, such benefits will also include the ability to free up space at Victoria Hospital and reduce the flow of traffic to and from that hospital.
The polyclinic, which offers limited services and can no longer be depended upon to serve the wider needs of the expanding constituency, will be converted into the new home of the Gros Islet Human Resource Centre. Finally, at a more appropriate time ahead of the next general elections, I will offer possible ideas for funding, including foreign donations of beds and medical equipment.