Minister condemns Victoria Hospital attack

Minister condemns Victoria Hospital attack

Press Release:-Minister for Health and Wellness Senator Hon. Mary Isaac has strongly condemned the violent incident with occurred at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Victoria Hospital on the weekend.  The incident had members of staff and clients traumatized and running for cover while men armed with cutlasses actively pursued a patient brought in earlier with lacerations to his body.

” The government of St. Lucia and the Ministry of Health is strongly disturbed by the horrible incident perpetrated by criminal elements on the grounds of one of our hospitals during this week. We stand together with the people of St. Lucia to condemn all such acts of violence. This message is to inform everyone that acts of violence will not be tolerated at our health institutions and I am calling on those involved in the justice system to prosecute and swiftly expedite criminal charges against those criminals to the full extent of the law. We need the hands of justice in this case to act quickly so that the perpetrators can be dealt with and taught a valuable lesson.

This has impacted our entire society and traumatized the staff and people of St. Lucia and it should not go unpunished. I call on the lawyers and others who will be involved in this case to put country before pocket before family and before friends in an effort to do away with the crime surge that we are experiencing.

I pray that all those who suffered as a result of this act find comfort in the fact that justice will be executed expeditiously.”

 

The minister called on the public to stand with the government to denounce such acts of violence on the island particularly in our institutions of care.  The Minister for Health is current out of state at an important meeting with the Pan American Health Organization in Washington DC.

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7 Comments

  1. sharon terrell
    March 6, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Thse people give satan their souls,Godly people dont persue war.They persue peace and kindness,love and compassion and Tolerace.But we are to free in The Caribbean we take freedom,for granted and anything that moves.We see people as animals.I mean the laws in St.Lucia are to lenient.People are getting over with crime,rage anger and violence.Today just like every other day we talk talk,bark,make noise then we quiet down.When will enough be enough ST.LUCIA.

  2. Sharon Terrell
    March 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm Reply

    Judges and lawyers,start doing you’ll jobs in the right judicial manner that you’ll solemnly took oaths to do so.Stop given criminals bail,for monies.Stop giving gansters bail when caught with guns.knifes and cutlass.Life has been taken.Think about you’ll children and families.They can oneday reach on you’ll door steps or attack one of you’ll,families put youll conscience where it belongs help stop the surge of crimes in St.Lucia by prosecuting these criminals to the fullest.We cannot go on giving these criminals Candy sntences,do the right thing,you’ll not helping the country in anyway.

  3. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 4:24 pm Reply

    I understand the Minister’s condemnation of the senseless violence that occurred at the Victoria Hospital on the weekend and the importance of prosecuting the criminals involved to the full extent of the law. However, it is going to take much more than words to help prevent recurrence. It takes action. The patients, staff and visitors of the hospital deserve to be safe. This means proper security at the hospital and a commitment to safety. Doctors nurses and staff have huge challenges doing their jobs and saving lives. They should not have to deal with Cutlass attacks in the Emerg. It will probably take some renovations to restrict access to treatment areas and better security which is a small price to pay for everyone’s safety.

  4. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

    Lip service Mary

  5. Anonymous
    March 6, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Lucian hospitals need rules. Nowhere else you can just go and walk freely in a hospital like in lucia. People need to show ID before they can go to certain parts of the hospital. Lucians must now have a reason to be at the hospital and not just sightseeing. Lucia need more responsible rules, no amount of police with guns will work if any body can go anywhere in the hospitals when they like. You need a reason to enter and move around.
    Also when a man can just pay $500 in court and case done, where is the deterrent.

    1. Anonymous
      March 7, 2017 at 9:41 am Reply

      I agree with that said ministers stop the talk and put things in action.

  6. reading.......
    March 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

    put country before family, you’re a joke on that statement, it’s a two way street you care for me i care for you, but other wise you are right, though i must say, you guys see, announce and speak upon, but yet still no action ( im not a political person, its not a political comment)

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