Mondesir: Current SJH location a ‘dungeon of shame’

The Chairman of the Board of the St Jude Hospital (SJH), Doctor Ulric Mondesir, vowing to relentlessly pursue the opening of the new St Jude Hospital (SJH), has declared that the current location of the institution at the George Odlum National Stadium in Vieux Fort is a ‘dungeon of shame.’

In an interview with Radio Caribbean International (RCI) Tuesday,  Mondesir lamented that eight years after the September 9, 2009 fire that destroyed the SJH at its original location, the hospital is still ‘buried in ashes’.

He noted the efforts of many individuals to facilitate the reconstruction of the medical facility.

But Mondesir asserted that from 2011, Doctor Kenny Anthony lamented the ‘extreme’ cost of the reconstruction.

“He said two years was long enough for the hospital to be completed. He won elections in 2011. 2016, nothing has been done properly,” the SJH Chairman observed.

He warned that politicians must be very careful about the things they do and say especially on the political platform.

“You said to the people: ‘I am visiting this hospital – that was maybe in 2013. The then Prime Minister, you know what he said: ‘I am concerned about the amount of money that has been spent on the hospital.’ But you know something, he said “This is money well spent.’ Well spent after visiting the site,” Mondesir told RCI.

He declared that if the money was well spent, either the then PM did not visit the hospital properly or his ability as Minister of Finance should be questioned.

“The money was not well spent. it could not give you a state of the art hospital…..If the money was well spent, it was well spent on behalf of the contractors, but badly spent on the construction of St Jude Hospital,” the SJH Chairman observed.

He said people are still languishing on beds without bed sheets at the current George Odlum stadium location in an environment that is not proper for someone who is ill.

“Too many people are dying – there are too many unavoidable deaths taking place,” Mondesir stated.

He said he has visited the hospital many times.

“It smells. You have people losing their dignity because of being in that stench. We have Doctors making ward rounds and every other person hearing what the Doctor is saying about the patient lying on the bed,” Mondesir asserted.

“We have a dead body wrapped up, I saw in a white sheet,  and  flies playing hide and seek from sore to sore onto the dead body which is wrapped up. Who can tell me, if you are a man with compassion and love for people, you enjoy seeing such a thing? To bring your people to such shameful conditions?” He stated.

Mondesir said he has expressed to everyone how he feels, as he is unhappy with what is taking place.

He spoke out against persons whom he said have reaped benefits from the delay in the opening of a reconstructed SJH and have allowed many persons to die because of their corruption.

“I promise you as the bible says, they will eat grass like (King)  Nebuchadnezzar. They will not benefit from it,” Mondesir said, adding that it is time for the new hospital to be opened.


  1. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    Stop blaming and open the hospital for us

    1. JonG
      September 13, 2017 at 3:11 am

      You make it sound like he just lost the keys. Don’t you think he would open it tomorrow if it was usable?
      How can he explain why it’s not usable without pointing a finger at the culprits?

  2. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 6:14 pm

    Thank you for speaking up doc. let the truth be told and also quoting the bible.

    New Testament Verse of the Day:
    “Together they will go to war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him.”

    – Revelation 17: 14

  3. Bambi
    September 12, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Wow! Did you mean avoidable deaths doctor? U.W.P. must step on the gas now. Did Guy say it must be demolished still stand?

  4. Anonymous
    September 12, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    SOOOO… let me get this straight..the hospital burnt in 2009….Kenny Anthony won the 2011 elections…soooo which means that another administration was in power during the time the hospital burnt…calculations…2009-2011 two years…so if it should take 2 ears to be done….we are now on year two of the present administration…and still nothing is being done…correct me if i’m wrong 3 different administrations almost 9 years…this ** about pointing fingers they all ******* failed they all need to go give the youth a chance money hungry vultures as they are..

  5. Justice
    September 12, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Yet those who caused or created that dungeon of shame we either cannot touch or afraid to touch. So who is the joke on? The perpetrators of the shame, the present government who cannot touch them or we the innocent citizens?

  6. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 3:25 am

    When our country can uphold the law and get our people be they PM’s, MP’s, etc accountable for their action, we may have a ST. Lucia to be proud of.
    These people are destroying our little island.
    Where did Kenny get the money to build his house.
    Where did Guy Joseph get his money. Too much corruption in St.Lucia; it needs to stop.

  7. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 8:08 am

    But Dr. Mondesir, both Parties are to blame, for the hospital debacle span the term(s) of both Labor and UWP administrations. So lets just fix the hospital for the people, and leave the blaming game aside. What’s wrong with us? People are dying needlessly and we just keep talking and blaming.

  8. Wendy rosemary
    September 13, 2017 at 8:12 am

    But…wasn’t Kenny getting a Salary?

  9. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Corruptions and how it is tolerated in this country in to hope that “I go get a piece” is our killer!

  10. Anonymous
    September 13, 2017 at 9:07 am

    See the CBI money could of been used to finish this hospital instead of financing a foreign investor project

  11. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 13, 2017 at 11:16 am

    It’s been so long…8 yrs, such a shame, really. 🙁

  12. Lincoln
    September 13, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    What about the million that was spent to do something we all knew the answer to. We still have not heard anything on the results of the witch hunt findings

  13. Anonymous
    September 14, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Guy Joseph is just adding to the posion Kenny left ..and what is sad that up to now we cannot hear Kenny who is the rep speak out for his people where the hospital is concern . ohhh wait I know why ..because he will sound like a damn hypocrite ..smh is time we get rid of all of them ..both uwp and SLP is a dungeon of shame if you ask me .

  14. Anonymous
    September 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    All must go. Dr. ?Mondesir too. He playing dirty politics too