Forensic laboratory to be privatised?

Saint Lucia’s forensic laboratory could be privatised.

The government is in discussion with a private sector company on the issue of privatisation, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has disclosed.

Chastanet told a news conference Thursday evening that the private sector company is from the region and runs its own labs.

“We feel that will be the best way to be able to move forward,” he said.

He revealed that the company to which authorities here are talking already sells services to the region.

“There isn’t enough business in Saint Lucia itself to keep a forensic lab going, so it is a financial cost – it is a huge financial cost and we think it is going to augur better for us to have an independent agency running the lab,” the Prime Minister explained.

He noted that there is a submission by other interests to run the laboratory for the government.

Chastanet said the government is looking at both proposals and will make a decision very soon.

The forensic lab was closed in 2015.

Police have complained that the closure of the forensic lab has slowed down investigations as DNA and other samples have to be sent overseas for testing.


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