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.