Government SCO responds to Doctor Stephen King

The Government of Saint Lucia’s Senior Communications Officer (SCO) Nicole Mc Donald says the Government will not put the people of the south in a worse position than they are now with regard to  St. Jude Hospital.

Speaking exclusively with the St. Lucia Times, Ms. Mc Donald responded to calls by former CMO Dr. Stephen King to move patients out of the George Odlum Stadium and into sections of the by all accounts “poorly constructed” new structure.

The SCO took the local media on a tour of the facility last week where they got to see up close some of the issues with the building which is said to have already cost the people of Saint Lucia $118 Million.

Consultant engineer Norman St Ville led the tour where he showed the media the low ceilings, poor ventilation, steep and narrow walkways, small operating rooms, sharp corners, that were unsuitable to house a hospital.

According to the Engineer, after all this time, the structure is only 50 percent complete.

Speaking with St. Lucia Times, Ms. Mc Donald explained that she believed more people need to have access to the site to see for themselves.

“All right thinking Saint Lucians share with Dr. King the wish that all in our country should have the best health care money can buy,” Ms. Mc Donald told the St Lucia Times Wednesday.

“The St. Jude problem is not a yesterday thing. And Dr. King has been well placed to know all the details that have created the current situation. The fact that this issue has been allowed to go on for so long, unchecked for years, with millions of dollars spent on a structure to which no caring government would subject its people to. As Dr. Stephen King, with his extensive involvement in Saint Lucia’s health-care sector over several years, knows we all want Project St. Jude completed. But wishes alone cannot deliver without positive action. We have to act as a Government and make the best decision with all the facts before us.”

Hence she stressed the importance of the audit, stating: “The technical audit carried out on the hospital was in its circumstances imperative. It revealed the extent to which the project went awry over several years. Had the audit not been undertaken, as some would have preferred, we would have been unaware of the serious flaws now uncovered. The previous administration was operating with its eyes shut. Dr. King himself revealed as much when he said three weeks ago, when he was a guest on the TV show TALK that the main cause of the problems now associated with the building of the new St Jude was “lack of oversight.”

Ms. Mc Donald called on Dr. King to explain what he meant by “lack of oversight.”

“Lack of oversight by whom? What exactly did Dr. King mean by lack of oversight? As Chief Medical Officer Dr. King must’ve been close to all that went on with regard to St. Jude,” she said.

Meanwhile, the SCO said that the Government is moving speedily to address this matter.

“The Government of Saint Lucia has been engaging the Board of St Jude on the way forward and we will keep working with the Board to come to a satisfactory decision on what to do next.  We are fully aware of the urgency of this matter, which is precisely why we undertook the audit. Contrary to the counterproductive spreaders of fake news, the government never decided to demolish the St. Jude hospital under construction. But we are looking at our best options in the circumstances. We are also committed, as soon as possible, to provide patients and staff of St Jude a safe and comfortable health facility.”

Ms. Mc Donald however was not dismissive of Dr. King’s comments and welcomed his efforts as’ we are all stakeholders’.

“While we have always appreciated Dr. King’s point of view, he knows that the George Odlum stadium did not deteriorate overnight. The phased approached idea mentioned by Dr. King to your news site is not a new. In fact, it is among the options currently being given consideration by the government. Under no circumstances, however, will we move sick people to a location worse than their present one. That would be both irresponsible and uncaring.

“The people of the South, as elsewhere in Saint Lucia, deserve better. While we agree the St. Jude issue concerns all St. Lucians, we should guard against turning it into a political football match. We should also keep in mind that shortly before the 2016 general elections the previous prime minister publicly confirmed all was well with the construction of St. Jude. It was his election promise that thanks to his government St. Lucians were about to receive a state of the art hospital. The reality is that either the then prime minister knew not what he was talking about or was misled. This would be a good time to hear from him on his stewardship as far as St Jude is concerned!”


  1. Mel
    October 4, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Choopz…Rickhole please. UWP turned St. Jude’s into the biggest political football of all times and now you want to come and talk crap. Sit down fool!

  2. Anonymous
    October 4, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    People are always afraid to challenge Dr. King. Good for you Nicole. These people have been involved in the health care system for so long; same old faces same ole horrible system. Dr king is part of the problem. Every time he comes out and talk; what has Dr King done for healthcare in St Lucia. He has shares in Tapion hospital which to me is a conflict of interest. You think he wants people to go to Tapion when

  3. GEM
    October 4, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    The UWP had the hospital for two years and were kicked out. The Labour Party had the hospital for over five years. Both are culpable. We need heads to roll Nicole. We need those who have squandered monies to be held accountable. Dr King should not be pressuring the Government to move people to a site that it not suitable for patients. Instead he should work to fix the problem.

  4. GEM
    October 4, 2017 at 8:22 pm

    I dont think Dr King was CMO at the time but he was a former CMO and a longtime consultant on healthcare so i found it strange he does not know what is going on with this project. Did Shanta King never call him for advice? Did the vision commission never look at the state of healthcare and the crap they were building in VF?

  5. Anonymous
    October 4, 2017 at 9:54 pm

    Nicpole just shut the hell up and no your place when addressing a King.none sense

    1. Anonymous
      October 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

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      Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven.”

      – Matthew 18: 3

  6. Anonymous
    October 4, 2017 at 10:12 pm

    St. Jude Hospital has become the story without an end !Meanwhile the people suffer.

  7. Anonymous
    October 4, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    They dont like to hear the truth Nicole. You kill them with ur argument as usual. The slp never like to be reminded of their part in the mess our country is in which they cause. Dont worry Chastanet will be the saviour of the south and give the ppl their hospital.

  8. Anonymous
    October 4, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    SLP and UWP all have their sycophants sucking the blood of the sufferers.

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  10. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 7:19 am

    Again. Who is responsible building a non ediquate building??? Never nobody taken to task.

  11. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 7:53 am

    And meanwhile we have a perfectly complete hospital sitting on the millennium highway which the prime minister has said that the problem with opening this hospital is that it is too expensive to maintain. Put the people in the new hospital so that they do not have to stay in these poor conditions. Priorities!!!!! Rather than transfer the patients to a facility that is ready to go we talking about one that is under construction. Lucians PAY YOUR BILLS!!!! Healthcare is not cheap

    1. Anonymous
      October 5, 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Great comment. Why all the fuss about an imcomplete hospital when we have a completed one that cannit be opened.

  12. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    This fella does a much better job on people who are dead

  13. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    If asked how’s business he might answer “dead” Dr King that is

  14. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    He never spoke about the current state of St. Jude. So what’s his point.

    1. Lala
      October 6, 2017 at 5:36 am

      Would he comment during that time?….NOOOOO!……he was a SLP senator and CMO he could not see a thing wrong with the NEVER ENDING construction of st. jude project!

  15. Anonymous
    October 5, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Dr . King is a hypocrite in disguise. That’s the bottom line.

  16. Eagle Eye
    October 5, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Why didn’t Dr. King pressure the former administration who spent 5 years in office to complete the hospital? St. Lucians are to hypocritical. St. Judes was in construction for the five years that the SLP were in power. Couldn’t that hospital be completed then? Why should this administration, particularly one man Chastanet pay for the sins of SLP?

    1. Anonymous
      October 6, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Exactly, he inherited that mess, $118, million, spent and it’s in a horrible mess….someone needs to be accountable….

  17. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 2:30 am

    A sycophant is a person who acts obsequiously toward someone important in order to gain advantage. A synonym for a sycophant is a leech, self-seeker, parasite. The French and Kweyol word for sycophant is SUCEUR (pronounced SOO-SEAR). Everybody singing for their supper when their party in power but one day they will all have the face the nemesis of the ballot also called the TI-CROIX. The longest day has an end and if your night should turn to day a lot of people will run away. Who the cap fit let them wear it.

  18. Anonymous
    October 6, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Nicole you are such a smart ass what are you trying to say the stadium is better to house sick people than the new hospital? Looks like you Chas Guy and Domi went to the same university. University Of Fools Who Want To Be Smart.

  19. Eva
    October 9, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Look who is responding to professionals who have long contributed to the social and economic development to ST. Luica. A little fool who is just over a quarter century old who just got a job and just began making money. Hunny child nicole I ask you to please sit in your baby chair that locks you in and let the professional speak. Learn from them and do not follow those who make you look like a dumb ass.