Chastanet: Time To Make ‘Drastic Improvements’ In Health Care

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet  says his administration has indicated that this fiscal year is the year for Health and the time to make ‘drastic improvements’ within the healthcare system.

“Our people deserve world class health care and our medical and ancillary staff deserve to work in suitable facilities,” according to a post on his official Facebook page on Friday.

The Prime Minister disclosed that towards this end, work will continue in this financial year towards the completion of the St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project.

Chastanet explained that  government is aware of the passionate debate that surrounds this project.

He declared that accordingly, government is deeply committed to delivering on this important facility.

Although affected by some slight delays due to COVID 19 restrictions, work on the Structural Frame is now approximately 90 percent complete with preparations being put place for the Architectural and Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) phases.

“This project now employs approximately 400 persons,” he noted.

Chastanet observed that  the Hospital will be a 90-bed facility featuring a two-storey Main Wing which will be integrated with other buildings to cater for a range of inpatient and out-patient services.

He said the financing for the Project comes from a loan from the Ex-Im Bank of the Republic of China, with cumulative expenditure from October 2018 amounting to EC$50 million.

21 COMMENTS

  1. Only now??? Only now???? Chstanet just like you failed in everything you did before, you have failed in being the prime minister of our pristine lands. WE THE PEOPLE OF ST. LUCIA WANT you and all your corrupt team OUT!!!!!!! OUT!!!!! we are beating a dead horse on all these press conferences and all these breaking ground here and there. WE SIMPLY WANT YOU OUT!!!!!

  2. That’s the face of a very wicked and vindictive man. A man who put horses and foreigners before locals and improving our standard of living. Yes we want him OUT. Look at how Guy Joseph has brazenly stolen all our resources? Look at how all our lands and monies have been given to foreigners whilst we suffer? Can’t wait for elections. Chastanet MUST- MUST, GO.

  3. Statistically the GDP has grown from where it was to where its now….so y’all can shoot all the sheet y’all want…the proof is in the pudding!

    • Doesn’t mean much when your debt is the highest it has ever been. Paying for all this debt will be on the backs of everyone’s kids in years to come. Maybe you should really look at the pudding….Go read what the IMF has to say about the future of St. Lucia. Hint..it ain’t that good. It all has to do with our debt burden and the ability to pay that debt.
      Desperation usually calls for saying anything people like you wants to hear…promises that never materialize. This week alone the amount of promises being made by this guy is starting to seem like a big joke.

  4. what is the status of st jude? all slp people vindictive and destructive. so why complain about cahstanet. we need to know what is happening with the hospital in the south.

  5. These Blasted politricktians always make all sorts of Promises nonsense we will teach him a lesson at the Ballot Boxes

  6. The Health Care Shitstem in St.Lucia is the worst in the Caribbean
    Poor Citizens in St Lucia cannot afford to spend one Hour at the Tapion Five Star Hospital .Most Exoensive Hospital in the World

  7. That is the PM whether you all like him or not stop hateing… preferred him than pjp God bless you pm.. you have a vision the hacks are busy these days..I would like to know how SLP will bring the economy back.. think before you vote that’s my opinion 🙏🙏🇱🇨

  8. I wish lucians would understand that a building alone does not constitute health care. There are so many gaps in the administration of healthcare. You vision less Labours won’t see that.
    Chas press on, press on with creating a new St Lucia please tun

  9. Don’t forget who actually funded the OKE Project! Yes Europe! So he needs to realise that we ain’t interested in Chinese funding and neither do we want their precious money on this island! Trying to take us over … and the PM letting it happen! Makes it all sound like he is responsible for advancing the health system … not!!! Only interested in lining their own pockets ..:. And don’t give a damn about the local people and their health needs! Disgraceful

  10. There is no Chinese involvement in the project. Still Lucia Times please correct this… The Ex-Im bank is the equivalent of SLDB in the Republic of China Taiwan.
    Now Dennis if you were keeping informed you would know this.
    Times correct this.

  11. As it is … I am informed … and entitled to my opinion.
    You must know how much Chinese influence there is between government and China!? Surely!
    However, the government should be ashamed of calling Victoria hospital, for instance, a health facility! It’s a disgusting pit and unfit for people especially when sick! Ok they’ve at least opened up OKEU at long last … better late than never … but even before that PM trying to privatise it when this was actually built for the “people “ of SL! Not fir making ministers rich!!
    It’s been said many times, but all these things which he knows or hope will win votes is just pie in the sky! And SL broke financially … so who is going to fund these billion dollar projects of roads, desalination plants, etc etc! China!

  12. Chastanet and his UWP is in BIG, BIG trouble and he knows it. He’s promising the electorate everything he can imagine. He tally thinks that he can fool them again. Not this time around for the people have seen that movie before. He is a desperate liar clutching at air. Call the elections now for you are only delaying the inevitable. You and your bags of coil dust are sure to be booted out of power.

  13. Move Chastanet and put PJP absolutely no sense… look around covid-19 will go on for at least two years… How SLP will handle the economy Lucia in big trouble… stop letting politicians especially the so called hatred talk show host…

  14. Folks this is not a case where people liking the Prime Minister or not. I think persons are not happy with his progress thus far in terms of developing the country and assisting the people of the country. I like Mr. Chastanet as an individual just not pleased with his progress. He has not made the people his priority, which is his downfall. So ofcourse if he is making promises about improving our health care after four years, persons have a right to question whether this is actually “a comfort to fools” when healthcare should have been one of the first on his priority list when he took office. Healthcare is of paramount importance and if some of us are not aware it is extremely expensive and most St.Lucians can’t really afford proper health care. Even getting a medical plan with an Insurance company is expensive and most times the money has to be presented up front. This is not a case of UWP or SLP, each government is elected by the people and if they do not deliver as they have said, the people have every right to not reelect them. We need to stop focussing on party and put our Country first. If Labour comes in and they do not deliver, then we put them out!

  15. Folks this is not a case where people liking the Prime Minister or not. I think persons are not happy with his progress thus far in terms of developing the country and assisting the people of the country. I like Mr. Chastanet as an individual just not pleased with his progress. He has not made the people his priority, which is his downfall. So ofcourse if he is making promises about improving our health care after four years, persons have a right to question whether this is actually “a comfort to fools” when healthcare should have been one of the first on his priority list when he took office. Healthcare is of paramount importance and if some of us are not aware it is extremely expensive and most St.Lucians can’t really afford proper health care. Even getting a medical plan with an Insurance company is expensive and most times the money has to be presented up front. This is not a case of UWP or SLP, each government is elected by the people and if they do not deliver as they have said, the people have every right to not reelect them. We need to stop focussing on party and put our Country first. If Labour comes in and they do not deliver, then we put them out!

  16. I just despise empty talk. Our PM has had a history of talk accompanied by zero action. he now takes up the Bermuda Acute Care Wing hospital plans and decides to implement it. I just feel sorry for those blind Lucians.

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