SLP rubbishes claims it was behind hospital fires

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) spokesman on health, Moses Jn Baptiste, has dismissed as ‘political hogwash’, assertions that the party may have been behind the Soufriere Hospital fires.

“We have said before that we will not even entertain any discussion on whether the labour party or any party or any individual actually set fire to a hospital,” Jn Baptiste said in response to a reporter’s question Tuesday.

“We do not believe it is even within the thinking of individuals to set fire to a hospital,” he declared.

Nevertheless Jn Baptiste said if there is anyone in Saint Lucia who has evidence or believes that some person or persons are responsible for setting fire to the hospital, they should immediately inform the police and the fire service so that an investigation can be carried out and the ‘criminals’ brought to justice.

“We are not going to entertain any notion that – not just the labour party but any group set fire to the hospital,” he stated.

Jn Baptiste expressed concern over the situation with the Soufriere Hospital which has seen two fires in less than a month.

He said that the opposition party is also concerned about Soufriere residents and Saint Lucians in general.

The opposition official observed that there has been no word yet on the investigation into the first Soufriere Hospital fire on November 9, 2017.

“We continue to ask the government to place health care facilities – the reconstruction of the St Jude Hospital – recommence reconstruction,” he said, noting that the opposition continues to request specific answers from the government on the Owen King EU hospital

“What is happening with St Jude? We  get a lot of mixed signals – and look now we have this very unfortunate situation at the Soufriere Hospital,” Jn Baptiste observed.

He said the SLP continues to urge the Allen Chastanet administration to place health care ‘way up’ on its list of priorities.

“Let us not continue to confuse Saint Lucians with all of those mixed messages and all of the various statements by the Minister of Health and the other Ministers,” Jn Baptiste declared.


  1. A Saint Lucian
    December 5, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply

    Well i really believe that this does not involve the SLP but the way we have allowed ourselves to be politically divided on every single issue including that which doesn’t require political stance or opinion I string believe it was politically motivated.

  2. Most Trusted Saint Lucian
    December 5, 2017 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Why even dignify that with an answer??????????????

  3. Informa
    December 5, 2017 at 5:49 pm Reply

    I know is politics involve!

  4. BlackShade.
    December 6, 2017 at 6:52 am Reply

    Here we go again. Politics! Everything is politics. What would it benefit SLP to burn the hospital and who did they use to do it? That reporter should be ashamed of himself to asked such a ridiculous conspiracy loaded question instead of spending time for g real journalism. Mr. JnBaptiste was right. No group set fire to the hospital. Not SLP, UWP or and other P. And for those that think and are spreading such nonsense needs to stop immediately. That does nothing to advance our country and to bring unity to a much divided land.

  5. concerned citizen
    December 6, 2017 at 10:29 am Reply

    The SLP may not directly have persons to commit arson and destroy the Soufriere Hospital. However, when the leader of the opposition made the remark “If they don’t want to hear, you’ll feel”. That statement creates turmoil in the minds of persons who are anti-government and will cause persons to do things that are destructive to both themselves and to the entire community/society. People need to stop and take stock of the damage they’re causing in society. SLP stop it and allow the government to function. Your turn will come

  6. Mna of reality
    December 6, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply

    I strongly support the comments by the Concerned Citizen, Politicians need to be carefull of what they say and where thay say it. You cannot make certain statements at the oppositon march, It can drive supports and evil-minded persons to take actions that are adversely or can impact the good, the bad and the go-betweens. If our police force and fire service men and women are able to investigate and come up with results, then we all will know the truth. As such, let us all stop the damming comments, time will tell. Please allow the present government to run the country, SLP was given their chance.

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