National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has told reporters of the need to beef up security at Victoria Hospital and all other medical facilities in Saint Lucia.
The minister’s comments follow a cutlass attack Saturday night on a Victoria Hospital patient who had previously been wounded in an incident at Marc.
Francis recalled that it was not the first time that such an incident has occurred and told reporters that there was a time when the Special Services Unit (SSU) of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) performed those duties.
However he said that because of manpower constraints, private security officers have been hired.
“It is the government’s plan to ensure that we beef up that sort of security,” the former Deputy Police Commissioner explained.
He said the government is looking to special police constables to do the job.
Francis questioned suggestions that a lot of private security officers are untrained, saying that at the time when he managed a private security operation he and a trainer from England provided training.
He said security companies have to provide training for their staff.
“I know they do receive a level of training. Whether it is sufficient to deal with the level of incidents that occur at the hospital, I am not too sure,” Francis observed.