Saint Lucia Nurses Association (SLNA) President, Alicia Baptiste, has said that she is disappointed in what she saw after an official tour of the St Jude Hospital (SJH).
The SLNA President has asserted that the structure should be used for some other activity while the government looks into building a new hospital for the people of the South.
“Yes we want a hospital and we want it now because we deserve it, but we need to ensure that it is a hospital that goes by international standards and that our patients and staff are safe in the hospital,”Baptiste asserted.
“First I must say that I am disappointed in what I have seen. By now I expected that our nurses would be moving into a new structure because we know that the stadium in compromised, but coming today there is no ventilation,” she observed.
Baptiste also noted that there were no exit doors.
“This hospital is being built after a fire and for me now seeing that it is now being rebuilt and then yet still there are not enough exit doors for our emergency personnel and patients, so that concerns me,” The SLNA President stated.
Baptiste accompanied Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac,Health Ministry technocrats, medical practitioners and nurses on the tour of SJH on October 6, 2017.
Doctor Alphonsus St. Rose, President of the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association who was part of the delegation, said that something had gone ‘horribly wrong’.
“This is a very complex situation – it’s not an easy one, it’s a very huge pill to swallow but some people are going to have to swallow that pill,” St. Rose declared.
“We will put out a statement at the right time but for now, we need to digest what is going on, it is just too premature to say anything on it at this point but it doesn’t look good, it is not good something has gone horribly wrong here and we need answers, someone has to account for that,” he said.
Currently work on the SJH has been discontinued with no announced date for a resumption.
St Jude Hospital has been operating from the George Odlum Stadium since a fire in September 2009 destroyed parts of the medical facility.
Minister of Health Mary Isaac recently broke the news that the unfinished reconstruction of the health care institution does not meet the standards of a hospital and would have to be demolished.
The reconstruction has cost over $100 million to date.