Statement by the St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA)

PRESS RELEASE: The St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association is disturbed about the current “State of Emergency” regarding healthcare and our nation’s healthcare institutions, particularly Victoria and St. Jude Hospitals. This is a matter of grave concern as it is the place where we are expected to deliver adequate and quality health care to the public. The mix of recent  comments by public officials amidst the widespread public debate and ensuing confusion is extremely troubling to say the least. To date, a definitive decision has not been presented on an issue of such critical and national importance.

The existing hospitals are in a most deplorable and unacceptable state of operation, with medical and non-medical staff understandably demotivated and morale at an all-time low. Notwithstanding, our responsibility still remains the delivery of quality health care to the public. Priority must now be given to public safety and the welfare of healthcare providers, as we can no longer tolerate this unsustainable situation.

The current conditions make it almost impossible to deliver the quality of healthcare the  public deserves and is entitled to. As a trade union and a professional organization, SLMDA has a duty to guarantee compliance with occupational health and safety standards at the workplace for its members and the public alike.

At present, all the citizens of this country have, after eight years of construction and three administrations, is a St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project in the south, now in a one year pause mode, at 50% completion, with a supposed cost of $118 million and a completed but not yet accessible OKEU Hospital in the north.

The public continues to wait for a modicum of decent health care with increasing anxiety, while diminishing confidence and distrust in the present health care system remains deeply rooted. Equally, civil society has now got an awakening of sorts to recognize that we  must  take responsibility in some measure for where we are today.

The SLMDA calls on the Government of St. Lucia to act decisively and responsibly to resolve this crisis by implementing the transition of services from Victoria Hospital to the OKEU Hospital soonest and completing the St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project in a time and cost specific manner. This has to be a national priority, of necessity.

That said, the Government is also responsible and accountable to the people of St. Lucia to give a transparent and unbiased explanation as to what went wrong with these important  health care facilities which have now become symbols of national embarrassment.

The Association is willing to lend its expertise as part of a multidisciplinary team to assist the Government of St. Lucia in solving this urgent national healthcare crisis. Healthcare is now a matter of national conscience and is profoundly personal to every St. Lucian. Hence our commitment to raising awareness on these issues by advocating for collective solutions to enhance the delivery of adequate, affordable, accessible and quality healthcare services to all citizens.

6 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    October 27, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply

    Yeah yeah my complain was never address by the medical board.concern u say smh

  2. Anonymous
    October 27, 2017 at 8:25 am Reply

    Still going through the trauma of losing my cchild. And u say you all what can’t even repeat the word.where do u go when u have a complain .I say no where.I never got not even a phone call.

  3. TT
    October 27, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply

    It’s all politics. Those who can do something about it are too busy playing the game than actually looking for the solution. There are young qualified entrepreneurs in St. Lucia who are willing and ready to put in the work in this sector but there is so much red tape, its almost impossible. Might as well take qualifications and experience somewhere else where it is more appreciated. Things may never change. New hospital, same people…same mentality….same healthcare.

  4. Jay
    October 27, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

    The lack of empathy, follow through and accountability is extremely disheartening. These folk need to do better is sooooooo sad🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏

  5. Anonymous
    October 27, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

    Any government that fails to deliver adequate healthcare and proper security for its people should be booted out of office. Security and Health are the two most essential pillars of a nation. Our first wealth is health. It’s conspicuous, even to a blind man, that the healthcare system has deteriorated to a scandalous level. People’s lives are at serious risk when they become infirm or injured. Something MUST be done expeditiously, as soon as yesterday, to amend the sorry state of the health and wellness situation. Government has to be much more proactive in restoring the healthcare system at least to acceptable norms, not to do this would be a serious case of dereliction of duty. Come on man!
    Vibz

  6. ivo kostov
    October 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply

    the problem of Saint Lucia is not that it has not supported operational the two new hospitals. Or at east it is a secondary problem. It is the discrepancy between the Primary health care and the hospital health care, where the primary health care eats the resources needed for the hospitals without providing at full real halth treatment. The primary physicians just transfer ill patients to the hospitals without treating them as it is done in other civilized countries in the world. So SLMDA just cries on the gravel of a child which they had let him die. You need an independend health insurance fund to monitor the health services both the primary and the hospital healthcare provide, and there to be paid for real services not for imaginery one, left on paper only. Stop SLMDA steal financla resources from the health system and there will be enough money to finish St. Jude hospital and make Victoria hospital fully operational. By th way St Jude hospital does not answer internationa standards as a project, and the previous government should have discovered that long long before. Look St. Lucia has good medical doctors, but completely left to be self-maneged health system which brought chaos and misfunding.

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