Chastanet: Announcement soon on SJH

Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has promised that an announcement on he future of St Jude Hospital (SJH) will be made soon, while accusing the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of continuing to create propaganda.

He spoke days after the party held a protest demonstration in Vieux Fort against the government and what organisers said were plans to demolish he SJH.

Chastanet told reporters Wednesday that the opposition creates propaganda to suit their own story.

“They still have not answered the question as to why after five years they were not able to open up the hospital,” the prime minister asserted.

He declared that the SLP has not been able to refute the fact that over $118 million was spent on a building that does not meet technical specifications.

Chastanet said he did not understand what the recent opposition protest march was about, but observed that Saint Lucia is a free country and the SLP is entitled to march and advocate its position.

He stated that his administration is focussed on solving the problem.

“I think that we are doing it in a most responsible way. We had to first assess what is going on at the hospital, then we looked at what all the alternatives are. We are in the process of making a decision and that decision will be based on the results we are getting from some of the private sector people we are talking to to,” Chastanet explained.

He told reporters he is hoping that very soon he will be able to announce a solution to be able to open a hospital in the South of Saint Lucia and say what will happen to the SJH building.

“I am also saying to Saint Lucians that the report was sufficiently damaging that we have handed it over to a legal firm as well as to a forensic auditing firm to do an evaluation and determine who is culpable

Chastanet said he was also looking to appoint a small group of people to spearhead an investigation.

He recalled that he has told the nation that someone needs to be held accountable.

The Prime Minister noted that his government has repeatedly stated that it would not demolish the SJH building.

“The report indicated that if we were going to use that building and in order to make it fit for the purpose of being a hospital, there are parts of the building that would have to be demolished, but we have certainly not pronounced as a government what our intentions are going to be – that is exactly what we are working on and I am hoping to be able to make an announcement very, very soon,” the PM said.

13 Comments

  1. Jacques Boucle
    November 29, 2017 at 10:49 pm

    PM Chastanet, it is all a bluff. If you have damaging evidence then go on and indict those responsible. You do not have to broadcast to the world your intentions. Let justice takes it course. See what is going on in the US. The investigators are not making any statements. They are going on questioning, indicting and subpoenaing guilty parties. “I am also saying to Saint Lucians that the report was sufficiently damaging that we have handed it over to a legal firm as well as to a forensic auditing firm to do an evaluation and determine who is culpable.” How baseless! As the PM you have to give the report to your Attorney General to make a determination and not a legal firm. Do you have no sense, Mr. PM? This is a government and not a private issue.

    Why don’t you tell the people the truth? it does matter when truth is twisted, fairness is ignored, justice is squandered and hypocrisy and backstabbing are given public platforms.

  2. kj
    November 29, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    all I do is lie& take Lucians for pappy show .what you can do for the people of these country is to put a sinker round ur neck & throw your self in the harbour next to government buildings you’re a disgrace & total failure

  3. Vibz
    November 30, 2017 at 12:01 am

    The people have been querying about the state of affairs of the SJH for quite some time without getting anything definitive. The PM’s pronouncement on this very important matter has not brought any clarity. Certainly, the government lacks vision and precision on this matter. Mr. Chastanet needs to curtail his frequent overseas travel, sit with his Cabinet colleagues, and focus on the pertinent issues negatively impacting the people, with the hope of bringing relief and solutions to the myriad of problems the country presently endures.

  4. Chastanet: Announcement soon on SJH – Caribbean Edition
    November 30, 2017 at 11:13 am

    […] Source: St. Lucia Times Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has promised that an announcement on he future of St Jude Hospital (SJH) will be made soon, while accusing the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of continuing to create propaganda. He spoke days after the party held a protest demonstration in Vieux Fort against the… Link: Chastanet: Announcement soon on SJH […]

  5. Varna
    November 30, 2017 at 11:39 am

    Mr LYING PM..stop insulting the intelligence of Lucians. You are a fraud, take yourself to court…you and Guy

  6. Josito Mateo
    November 30, 2017 at 11:43 am

    Demolish the building and give the new contract to FRRSH START

  7. Bs
    November 30, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    There isn’t an option. Any ‘technical specifications’ met in the current hospital-stadium? The staff and patients are in constant danger because of the architectural integrity.

  8. Not the last trumpet
    November 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    The most important Question is !!! Where did the Money Go ! and how come it`s not finished ! we need the stadium, plus we need a functioning Hospital Both north and south of our Island !!! Not political bla bla small talk !

  9. Winston
    November 30, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Soon.. How soon is soon while black people continue to suffer with poor health care if tourism and hotel are bring money in the economy build hospitals build schools reduce the pension age to 55 years give unemploy st lucians 2000.00 a Month and food stamps give us food clothing and shelter

  10. Soul
    November 30, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    The PM needs to start listening to the cries and voice of the people of this country who voted him in to run this country. It is a sad day for us in St.Lucia when the cries and voice of the people is being given deaf ears.it brings tears to my eyes that we have come to this. I would like to ask the PM what does the people of this country mean to him.”’Crying, Crying, Voices from De Country”

  11. kj
    November 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    come next year when civil servants can’t get paid they’ll drive the jackass out

  12. Amie dodo
    December 1, 2017 at 2:11 pm

    O please why didn’t you all tell Kenny that. Mouton !go walk inside of s JH and see for self

  13. Anonymous
    December 9, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    You have the audacity to call someone a mouton ? Can’t you see that Kenny is no longer pm of this country but yet still you’re still saying Kenny, Kenny, Kenny when Will you stop? After he is dead I guest not.

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