SLNA President ‘disappointed’ in SJH structure

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.



  1. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 9:33 am


  2. Drizzy
    October 10, 2017 at 9:37 am

    Wait wait wait, uhhhhhh only now st jude’s have all dem issues, and surely if there is no ventilation can’t contractors remedy that? or maybe theres no ventilation because the hospital is supposed to be air conditioned, if issues exist in the hospital i don’t believe the first thing and the second thing we should talk about it destroying 100 mil, something else going on here, isn’t this the same uwp government that promised to open the hospital???? these governments is something else……….

  3. The Crow
    October 10, 2017 at 9:39 am

    This is incredulous and scandalous! The biggest and fattest UWP hack is this person! She couldn’t see past her nose unless she sees UWP.

  4. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 9:40 am

    So now doctors and nurses are engineers too?

  5. Concerned person
    October 10, 2017 at 9:49 am

    All she said is small doors really really and really
    Widen the doors and get on with it and plus what guarantee do we have that they will build it back. They are so infantile

  6. Concerned person
    October 10, 2017 at 9:51 am

    Grown men doing this crap then they will talk about Kenny ..He is tired of saying “He though is best to give the people a better hospital.And what about CONCRETO WHER IS HE BRING HIM ON TO EXPLAIN

  7. Se bonne sa
    October 10, 2017 at 10:04 am

    Wow. The more things change the more they remain the same. These are the same persons who attended the site visits throughout the re-construction process. Only now their eyes open? They could not see any of the faults before? It seem that during all these site visits and walking through the entire compound these medical personnel were only interested in the site visit snacks. Fess yo plein so yo sa now parlay.

  8. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 10:23 am

    What other “activity” should St. Jude’s be used for???

  9. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 10:32 am

    y are we not hearing anything from the engineers …think they are the ones who should be explaining to the public..

  10. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 10:35 am

    Why worry about more exit doors there’s more important things to care for like staying 6 hours before treatment nurse and doctors just sit at the desk with their computer cheating on Facebook

  11. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I guess you also got a degree in engineering when you finish nursing school. Stick to what you studied ..taking care of the sick.

  12. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 11:29 am

    This president s ñôt pleasant at all.

  13. Jay
    October 10, 2017 at 1:23 pm

    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?

  14. I doe care
    October 10, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Vicious Flambeau woman. Smh

  15. Relentless
    October 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    In a few weeks she will be appointed to some board or a nice cozy job is waiting for her. All of a sudden she is some engineering whiz. Please, you people have dragged this country down enough. Fooling the people everyday, especially that creole fool on hotfm. People we need to stand up NOW!! The longer we wait, the worse it will become. Murphy’s Law.

  16. Patriotic
    October 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm


  17. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    The issue here is simple. If the structure cannot be used as a hospital kindly use it as a poly clinic. There may not be need for two general Hospitals in small St. Lucia. Barbados with a larger population only have one hospital.

    1. 666 - No Political Affiliation.
      October 11, 2017 at 5:13 am

      By international standards, you have to have a hospital close to an airport, in case of an airplane emergency…
      unless you want to close HIA.

  18. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Agree. Well said.

  19. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    Agree. Both governments enjoyed and missused the funds for the hospital. It is evident because neither of them were able to deliver the hospital to the people of St.Lucia as scheduled. Have anyone seen a minister of government accessing health care from public health care facilities particularly the stadium hospital?. Do you think they are really concern about you the average people? Are they personally affected by the poor health care system in our country? Please take a moment to reflect . Please.

  20. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Wow. You are so right. I have never seen it that way. Also we talk about democracy but I have realize that the only democracy that exist in St.Lucia is our ability to vote for freely. Nevertheless, once those persons are elected they act independently which is autocracy.

  21. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Yes . There is no democracy in this land. A few people doing as they please once they are elected or appointed by the elected. Are the political parties not the same?. Seeing after they own affairs?. Whether you vote or not it is the same. The elected will not consult with you the people.

  22. Anonymous
    October 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    My God I am so fed up with this goverment and the Shi…they doing….they need to get that act together…..I am fed up…..with this poor people had up….the goverment only…talks alone….no action… my …this country upside down….wow….

  23. Boo
    October 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    Both parties should take some blame! First, the hospital should have been completed quite a while ago but everyone involved was busy working out their own agenda. Now someone else wants their share…we know who. The point is this, we are 170,000 strong yet we continue to mumble in corners while a handful of people regardless of party drain the country’s financial resources. If things get bad enough they can always hop on a plane with their families and move to greener pastures.

  24. Boo
    October 10, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    Nurse stay in your section!!!!! People like you are to easily used and bought off. Try Owen king first. In fact, try and get your nurses at VH to do their jobs

  25. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 1:52 am

    God for bid everybody who involve in that hospital sooner or later will be on the street my god

  26. Silent Majority
    October 11, 2017 at 1:58 am

    This female is a joke. A known supporter of the uwp? Someone who is not an architect, not a surveyor, not anyone who is a professional on this field is talking and wants to fool the people also?
    Perhaps she is sleeping with Allen Chastanet too. Afterall, she is a staunch supporter of the Regime.

  27. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 2:02 am

    I no for sure they will not get away with the Almighty days are numbered lord father am calling on you I no u not blind

  28. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 2:08 am

    As st Lucian still talking about party supporters the lady see more harm then good

  29. Resign Now
    October 11, 2017 at 4:54 am

    She is Allen Chastanet’s side piece. Hence she is blabbering her mouth all over the place. Negro bedwench.

  30. Trump
    October 11, 2017 at 6:19 am

    This whole St Jude fiasco is just a case of the pot calling the kettle black………both UWP & SLP are responsible for this mess………its time for some heads to roll on both sides…..let the public judge for themselves cuz its our money that was in fire ……. not those politicians or hacks!

  31. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 7:39 pm

    We need a revolution to drive the chastanet administration out of power and create a socialist state forward ever backward never

  32. Anonymous
    October 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    st. lucians have stooped to an all time low because of colours the professionals have spoken and they are taken to the dogs ….no one is concern about the problems at the institution just their colour to protect

    1. Anonymous
      October 12, 2017 at 7:33 am

      Yes, this is very sad. If we can get past this backward, tribal, nonsense in a small country of only 170,000 we are doomed!

  33. Thomas A. Lucas, M.D.
    December 4, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I had the opportunity and he pleasure of working at St. Jude Hospital as a urologist, board certified. I had just got got back to the island when I found out about the fire in 2009. That fire had allegedly started in the recovery room at night, and destroyed the new, $50,000 scope for examining esophagus and stomach and other surgical equipment. Two patients on the surgical ward died in that fire, and the fire was reported by people outside the hospital, NOT hospital personnel. At that time the hospittal staff was told they were going to temporary quarters, first the school, then almost immediately the stadium. That hospital had done a great deal of good for the community and had been run by a catholic order of nuns before being taken over by the government because of the expense to that order of nuns. That “old hospital had been built by the US army as a military facility during WWII and was to be used for returning war injuries. It sat, empty, till sometime in the sixtiess, when the SSisters of Sarow (?) procured and opened it. At that time there was an excellent volunteer program that brought many well trained specialists over from the states, and added greatly to the staff of the hospital. When the nuns withdrew after 2 years of continuing administration of the hospital, the volunteer program gradually failed. The Catholic Medical Mission Board stopped supporting the hospital also, because of the sale of donated goods by the hospital they claimed. It seemed to me that there developed a troublesome interlocking of the hospital staff and the island police force that permitted at least one disregard for the Oath of Hippocrates and a patient death. That problem was carried to the hospital administrator and the president of the hospital board at the time, with NO action being taken! A forensic independent audit of the building funds needs to take place. Because of its location on the south end of the island, its proximity to the airport and its OB-GYN service, it is needed in Vieux Fort. Tom Lucas, M.D.