The leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has criticised Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet over a meeting with the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA), which did not take place as scheduled recently.
He declared that the PM has shown disrespect for the association and needs to ‘get a grip on himself.’
“For me, as long as Mr. Chastanet continues with this silly behaviour we will always have political conflicts and misunderstandings in this country,” Prudent stated.
The SLMDA’s President, Doctor Alphonsus St Rose, accused Chastanet of disrespect in calling off a scheduled meeting at very short notice, while the PM’s office declared that the meeting was intended to be, not with the SLMDA executive, but its membership.
The PM’s office also announced that Chastanet was ready to meet with the membership, having already held talks with the association’s executive to discuss health care issues.
“You don’t just cancel a meeting 20 minutes before it was supposed to convene,” LPM leader, Therold Prudent told St Lucia Times.
According to Prudent, the issue demonstrated disrespect for the SLMDA.
“It shows a lack of respect for health care issues by extension,” he asserted.
“Just because you disagree or you do not want to see certain persons as being part of the meeting, that does not necessarily mean that you should not attend,” the LPM leader stated.
He said the impasse shows that Chastanet wants to dialogue with persons whom he believes are in agreement with him and not necessarily those who disagree.