LMP leader: Proposed SJH demolition ‘insane’

The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has told St Lucia Times that it is ‘quite shocking’ to learn that after pumping millions into rebuilding St Jude Hospital (SJH), the government is considering demolishing the structure.

“To us in the LPM  this isn’t just insane, but demonstrates the government’s lack of commitment to providing adequate health services to the people of Saint Lucia,” Prudent asserted.

”It also paints a frightening picture of the United Workers Party government’s understanding of what it means to be fiscally responsible in the discharge of its responsibility to the nation, while balancing its spending,” the LPM leader told St Lucia Times.

He said: “You can’t simply with a stroke of crane or bulldozer reduce millions of dollars in hard earned donations and financial investments to rubble. What sane person or government does that?”

Prudent declared that this government cannot talk about being fiscally responsible when it has not done anything to rein in wastage.

He accused the Allen Chastanet administration of continuing an ‘open assault’ on the public purse by saddling the nation with massive debt incurred as a result of new political appointees in every department of government, including embassies and consulates abroad.

“Personally, and as leader of LPM, I believe that should the government proceed with the idea of demolishing St Jude, every local and foreign persons or entities who have made financial contributions to the rebuilding of the medical facility should demand a refund,” he stated.

Prudent told St Lucia Times that the idea of demolishing the structure undermines this country’s relationship with foreign governments around the world.

He expressed the view that those governments may just conclude that the next time Saint Lucia finds itself in any grave situation, they should not send a penny to a nation and government that devalue the assistance given.

According to the LPM leader, Prime Minister Chastanet and his government must rethink their strategy of making government accountable to the people of Saint Lucia, and find an intelligent plan to deliver on the promises of adequate health care throughout the length and breadth of this country, while ensuring that Saint Lucia’s resources are properly managed.

“It is really sad that after three consecutive governments which started with a UWP government headed by Stephenson King, the only solution to government’s inability to complete St Jude, is to demolish it,” Prudent lamented.

Minister of Health Senator Mary Isaac on Thursday revealed that the Allen Chastanet Administration is ‘considering’ scrapping the current building plant expected to house the overdue St Jude Hospital.

Fire destroyed the surgical wing of the hospital in 2009, with the result that the operations of the medical facility were moved to the George Odlum National Stadium in Vieux Fort.

21 Comments

  1. Allen
    September 16, 2017 at 8:04 am Reply

    Helen we’re up for some more trouble………..

  2. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

    Next will be the demolition of the abattoir !

  3. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 8:33 am Reply

    And the George Odlum Stadium!

  4. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply

    So all the millions that was donated. All that money just went in vain

  5. St. Lucian
    September 16, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply

    A blatant insult to the Mexican government who built the morgue at St. Judes and recently handed it over. Similarly to all those persons and entities who donated monies to the reconstruction.

    But really sad for the government of Taiwan whom we are obviously taking for granted. Their benevolence we have disrespected by abandoning the abattoir, the Derek Walcott House and now the St. Judes hospital, all which they pumped their citizens tax payers dollars into. This whole St.Jude’s fiasco brought about largely by the SLP is now competing with IMPACS for 1st or 2nd place in showing how inept are political leaders are. If we did not have a massa on our backs for the EU National Hospital it too would be a fiasco. Shows that with all our gloat of independence we do not have the skills to run a countrfy.

    As a st.Lucian I am ashamed.

  6. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 11:41 am Reply

    We need a revolution to drive the chastanet administration out of st lucia

  7. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 11:51 am Reply

    Amen to that.

  8. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Why don’t Mr. Prudent step up and find some good men and win the next elections.

  9. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    September 16, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Both SLP and UWP have failed this country. They attract very mean people, with wicked hearts.
    What has Saint Lucy done, for you to hate Her so much? Remember, She’s a saint, and you will have to face Her when you die, and She has clout up there.
    Fire burn…Satan!

    1. Anonymous
      September 16, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

      Hey, you call yourself 666 and then you are calling fire burn…Satan….lol.

      1. 666 - Political Affiliation.
        September 17, 2017 at 1:38 am

        You got it, hehehe…

    2. Anonymous
      October 5, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply

      Let’s chase them craze ball heads out yard, step-up Mr. Prudent!

  10. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply

    Good luck. If you are 6ft tall or more then
    St Jude hospital is not for you unless you want to end up with a hunch back. Rooms are too small. My suggestion knock down half of it so hopefully it might be finished in time for independence next year.

  11. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

    The most uncaring government.. SMH

  12. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply

    They should just give each million dollar each out of the donated funds

  13. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply

    No one said for sure that St. Jude will be demolished, but the consideration of such to me is beyond insane. However we must try to be fair and unbiased when making our value judgments. This whole SJH fiasco is as a result of bad management and very poor oversight by the SLP. SLP should be ashamed when it come to St. Jude. The UWP (like I have been saying) is no different from the SLP. Right now it appears that they are bent on making matters worse, a direct opposite of what they promise. Now I am back to square one, with the only flicker of hope left in St. Lucia being the LPM!

  14. Anonymous
    September 16, 2017 at 8:39 pm Reply

    In the real world the Consultant who was paid millions to manage this mess would have been in prison and or paying back the millions! But then this is still a backward corrupt little country.

    1. Anonymous
      September 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm Reply

      ………and getting worst

  15. Grace
    September 16, 2017 at 9:18 pm Reply

    Welll done Prudent. Stay focus and fight for your country. All this corruption on the island is bound to continue as long as others remain silent.
    See no evil hear no evil .

  16. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 4:29 am Reply

    What do you expect from a bunch of muppets?

  17. Anonymous
    September 17, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

    Sometime next week I am going to board the lay to see if the gallows is working

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