The President of the Saint Lucia Nurses Association, Alicia Baptiste, has responded in the aftermath of reports that the government, through a cabinet memo, had taken a course of action with regard to staff of Victoria Hospital.
“The Saint Lucia Nurses Association wants to say categorically that there is no truth to it. The association and its President did not receive any memo and neither was there a meeting with the PM with any group of nurses at Victoria Hospital,” Baptiste told St Lucia Times.
The Nurses Association President indicated that at the end of the day patients will suffer because the nurses who are affected by the scaremongering will have to care for those patients.
“Let us stop this – it is not right,” an obviously incensed Baptiste asserted.
She challenged anyone to produce a memo.
“If anyone is brave enough to present this memo via email with my name come now, I am ready to meet them,” Baptiste declared in an interview with St Lucia Times Tuesday.
Earlier, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had issued a statement on his official Facebook page, asserting that there have been efforts by some to spread falsehoods about the health sector.
Chastanet assured all workers at Victoria Hospital no memo had gone out to the Ministry of Health, the Nurses Association or anyone and he reiterated that no jobs will be lost as a result of the transition to the Owen King EU Hospital (OKEUH).