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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet continued his “Meet the Workers” tour with a visit to St Jude Hospital on Thursday.

The Prime Minister was accompanied by the Economic Affairs Minister Guy Joseph.

The tour is meant to provide the Prime Minister with greater insight into the challenges facing public servants on the island.

During his visit to St Jude, Mr. Chastanet walked the halls of the George Odlum Stadium, where the hospital is temporarily housed and personally engaged with the staff.

Senior Communications Officer, in the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald described the “Meet the Workers” tour as a platform discuss with the Prime Minister regarding issues affecting productivity.

St Jude Hospital CEO, Verna Charles said the staff was happy for the Prime Minister’s visit.

She said the institution was challenged from his mere presence, operating out of a stadium.

“One of our major challenges being at the stadium is just being at the stadium,” Charles said. “Not being able to have the proper equipment, adequate staff to provide the quality of services we would like to give to the people in the south of the island. But despite all these challenges we are still able to provide a full complement of services.”

Prime Minister Chastanet said he understood the frustrating being voiced by the hospital employees. He vowed to have hospital back to its former home within one year.

“I’m moved at the capacity of the people here and what they have done but I’m also sensitive to how frustrated they are. I’m also sensitive to the patients who clearly would sense some level of frustration.

He added: “There was a report that has been done on the way forward. I know that there’s been a meeting with the St Jude’s Board. There’s now a meeting with the Ministry of Finance in terms of how quickly we can get stuff started up again so we can try to get into the new hospital as quickly as possible. Certainly we’re not talking about a year. Idealistically, we would like to move in by the end of this year but I think the Minister is uncomfortable at this point of making that commitment. But certainly no less than one year we should be in that facility and if we can get it even quicker we will,” he stated.

St Jude Hospital has been housed in the George Odlum Stadium following a devastating fire on September 9, 2009.

20 COMMENTS

  1. Chas. Why you always lying. And why is the (PODDLE) Guy you went down with and not Mary (BALLS) Isacc

    • I thought I was the only one who noticed. I want to believe he meant no more than a year.

  2. Mr PM great job on meeting the “workers” as always the minister’s who has the responsibilty to see about the affairs of their portfolio is never the ones to make predictions,oh did i read correctly?? you said the minister is uncomfortable in making this prediction?guess you and that Guy can but we will see.

    • Where is the minister of health?? What the hell is Sly Guy doing there. Ohhh, I forgot he’s the poodle

  3. The headline states”…St Jude transfer in no less than a year”

    Probably a simple editorial slip-up, “no less than a year” means that is the shortest, minimum time it will take and that it could take longer, but based on the article’s text, the headline should instead have read “…St Jude transfer within 12 months.”, for example.

  4. Temporarily housed? St. Jude has been operating there since 2009. How can you call that temporary.

  5. Please people negative talk don’t help at all infact it harms your town more and your success,

  6. where is the Minister for Health ? what is going on? she should have been present. The prime minister never went to the medical, surgical and maternity ward to see and meet with staff and patients. yet the aim of the tour was to meet with the patients and staff to heard their concerns……………… so sad what a tour ……..

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