Reaffirming the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) campaign position that when a government changes projects should not stop, Castries South MP, Dr. Ernest Hilaire, has said that initiatives undertaken under the outgoing United Workers Party (UWP) administration will continue.
“Of course we have indicated that we will review some of the projects, some of the agreements that govern those projects and we have made mention of DSH for example and some of the other projects, to ascertain that the agreements made are in fact in the best interest of Saint Lucia,” Hilaire told reporters on Wednesday.
The Castries South MP, who is also the first deputy leader of the SLP which secured a landslide victory in July 26 general elections, explained that his party found it unacceptable that the outgoing administration had stopped projects it found when it came into office.
“So we are not going to go about stopping projects without any understanding of the arrangements that govern those projects. We will allow projects to continue and we will certainly undertake a review,” he declared.
In regard to the controversial St Jude Hospital project, Hilaire recalled that the SLP had made it clear that it intends to treat health care as a top priority.
He disclosed that St Jude is very critical to the people of the South who have complained bitterly over the fact that the project has not been completed.
“It will be a priority for us,” Hilaire told reporters on the sidelines of the swearing in ceremony for new Prime Minister, Philip J. Pierre, at Government House.
The Castries South MP also disclosed that the new administration will be making “major announcements” pertaining to how it will deal with implementing Universal Health Care which started under a previous SLP government.