Police are investigating reports of threats against Soufriere Hospital nurses, apparently as part of their probe into two fires within less than a month at the Soufriere Hospital
Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac, told St Lucia Times that she has heard of the reported threats.
“But the Saint Lucia that I know, I am hoping that these are just frivolous threats, if they were ever made. And also I know that our nurses are not afraid – they are not fearful or anything like that. They live in a very safe community and I am hoping that it continues to be so,” Isaac stated.
She spoke following Saturday evening’s devastating fire at the Soufriere Hospital .
Isaac said she was told that calls were made to’ certain individuals’ and they were threatened.
But she told St Lucia Times that she did not know the exact nature of the threats.
“I would hate to even want to elaborate on that because I think these were frivolous threats. We live in a very safe society and I just prefer that we keep it that way, the Minister explained.
She said that he did not know that the threats were ‘real’.
Nevertheless, Isaac disclosed that the police are handling the matter.
She said she did not want to cause a stir.
“If threats were made as a result of the fire or after the first fire, the police are saying that those threats – the people are being interviewed and questioned so that is also going to form part of the investigation if those threats were made. So the police will determine how real they were and that sort of thing,” the Minister observed.
Saturday evening’s fire at the Soufriere Hospital was the second in less than a month.
A blaze on November 9, 2017 destroyed the records room of the health care institution, forcing the temporary relocation of hospital operations.
A well informed source told St Lucia Times that just before the November 9 fire, a message was sent to the telephone of at least one nurse.
According to the source, the message read: “You all cannot hear – you all will feel.”
Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac, asked whether she suspected arson in the two Soufriere Hospital fires said:”I will reserved that for later, because I do not want to sort of preempt any report.”