Guy Joseph lays blame for failed St Jude Hospital reconstruction project

Guy Joseph lays blame for failed St Jude Hospital reconstruction project

The controversy surrounding the reconstruction of St Jude Hospital continued on Monday with the Minister of Economic Development, Guy Joseph blaming the former project managers and former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony for “destroying St Jude Hospital.”

Minister Joseph spoke at a news conference Monday.

He said there was no plan for the reconstruction of the hospital.

“Those who say they had a plan, I have called on them on several occasions. Give us the plan! So when Dr. Kenny Anthony, as Minister of Finance, was signing direct award after direct award, he should have known as Prime Minister what the plans were. So when he wants to have a meeting, these are the things that he needs to tell the people of St Lucia,” Joseph said.

“Not to come and try and make it look like we want to destroy St Judes. They have already destroyed St Judes. They don’t need my help to destroy St Judes. The management of the project destroyed St Judes,” Joseph added.

Joseph said the former Stephenson King administration also has some blame to shoulder with regards to the reconstruction project. He did not specify what the administration’s faults are.

The reconstruction of the hospital which was destroyed by fire in September 2009 has been mired in controversy.

Authorities say approximately $118 million has been spent on the project but there is still no clear plan when it will be completed.

“I am ashamed of what we have there. I am ashamed I am associated with government and that we are allowing this to pass as a project executed by a government.”

Meantime, St Jude Hospital continues to operate out of the crumbling George Odlum Stadium with frustrated staff complaining of burst pipes, cracking walls and dangerous missiles falling from the roof.

The Economic Development Minister said the government is still exploring all possibilities of “doing something with the existing St Jude building to, at least, make it the institution that we can move to in the interim. I cannot guarantee you that this is going to happen as I speak now because of the logistical problems that we have there.”

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22 Comments

  1. Jay
    October 10, 2017 at 1:42 pm Reply

    1. Much planning goes into constructing any building; however a hospital building is a much more extensive undertaking which requires experts.
    2. Who authorized the blue print for the hospital?
    3. Who worked on the specs to ensure the necessary criteria mandated for a hospital/medical center?
    4. Who was in charge of the project from the onset?
    5. Why did no one realize that something was wrong from the onset.
    6. If there was no oversight obviously something was wrong from the very beginning.
    6. Where are the board of directors?
    🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  2. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Ask those persons who were in power during the construction of the hospital.

  3. A Voter
    October 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm Reply

    Keep on lying Guy Joseph. Keep on lying so that you can have your way with the structure. But be mindful, that you could be lynched for your evils. The whole nation is tired of you.
    Continue messing with the people. You shall regret it!

  4. We Need Change
    October 10, 2017 at 3:30 pm Reply

    They want the people to not focus on the DSH project.
    I hate you all Guy Joseph. The Hate I have for you and this childlike government, no fire can quench.

    1. Citizen
      October 11, 2017 at 12:17 pm Reply

      I hold St.Lucia Times fully responsible for allowing this medium to be used for spewing this hate comment. Poor decision.
      If this hater lived in Dominica I wonder if he/she would have energy to hate anyone
      at this time.

  5. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 3:40 pm Reply

    What a shame, this poject required twice as much planning , your lack of pLanning, is the result.

    Godfrey Damaze Frederick, GSC
    A ST LUCIAN PROJECT MANAGER, VANCOUVER, CANADA

  6. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 5:08 pm Reply

    The social and political discourse here is appalling, it makes you cringe. “You could be lynched”. What shockingly monstrous statement is that? The person who advocates such an action must be an anti-social, homicidal miscreant. This dark and threatening language is becoming a terrifying norm. There is no plausible defence to use such language as “the hate I have for you……. no fire can quench”. These inflammatory and loathsome statements only add to the decadence of our society.
    Vibz

  7. Cherry
    October 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm Reply

    FISH is gone sry .. Trinidad had embraced the idea and hence construction of the horse racing track has started there…

  8. Cherry
    October 10, 2017 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Dsh*

  9. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm Reply

    You know Guy if your government continue to delay taking Kenny and his cronies to court to answer for this crime the people who voted you all will turn against you. Do you know how many people have died as a result of this fiasco by Kenny? Most people who enter this so called ICU at st Jude don’t come out alive do your checks. The engineers in st lucia need to star speaking also.

    1. Mel
      October 10, 2017 at 7:54 pm Reply

      Fool! You’re just a corrupt supporting these liars

      1. Silent Majority
        October 11, 2017 at 1:53 am Reply

        Amen, Mel. They are the ones supporting this government. Elections soon. They will cease to exist.

        1. Mike
          October 11, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

          Elections soon come and you will lose again. If you try through Kenny means then make sure you are in the front lines. I am longing to make an example of your socialist red idiots.

          1. Silent Majority
            October 11, 2017 at 10:19 am

            Mike, there is nothing to be afraid of. If you loved St. Lucia, you would safeguard it with your small brain and intellect. Back a yard. You douchebag

      2. Kent
        October 11, 2017 at 8:02 am Reply

        And so if they are lying challenge them that 118 million has not been spent foolishly. Challenge the audit.Challenge the engineers. Challenge the head of the medical and dental association. Challenge the head of the nurses association. Can you?

  10. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
    October 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

    Politicians, of all stripes, have failed Saint Lucia…shame on them! Fire burn.

  11. Guy Joseph lays blame for failed St Jude Hospital reconstruction project – Caribbean Edition
    October 10, 2017 at 11:19 pm Reply

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  12. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 6:15 am Reply

    As the saga continues, health care is still unacceptable as people die needlessly. This is irresponsible. Governments are put in place to come up with resolutions not to add to the problem. Eight years and over 100 million dollars later, still the new hospital is not operational? Now we need an inquiry.

  13. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 7:36 am Reply

    Somehow, the statements coming from minister Guy Joseph seems credible. Stand firm Mr. minister, as long as you know what you are saying is true.

  14. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 7:37 am Reply

    Soooooo. Lucians going to sit there and hear this man say that when his party loss the election that the hospital was 75% complete and now that they are back it is less than 50% complete as well as stating that there was no approved plans to rebuild the hospital. My question to everyone is “What was really the plan for the hospital? At 75% complete there must have been some sort of a plan.

  15. Ever Lucian
    October 11, 2017 at 6:16 pm Reply

    I know I heard correctly when he said we should stop blaming people and focus on fixing the issue but in the same sentence blames someone even the same government he’s in. Talk about incompetence and deflection at its highest . People stand up to politicians who take y’all for a ride.

  16. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Is guy a liar speaking about St. Judes? Is the video about the nurses, doctors, and
    engineers ect. touring St. Jude’s and all commenting about the poor state of St. Jude’s
    fake? What the head nurse said and Dr Alphonsus St. Rose about the horrible state of St. Jude’s wrong? Take a look at the video. I challenge those who are in favour of St. Jud’es in it’s present state to take a private tour of St. Judes. You see some of you live in a sty like pigs for so long and therefore does not care if the conditions at ST. jude’s in it’s present state is like living in a pig sty.

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