Tuesday, November 19, 2019

King Says St Jude Hospital Situation ‘Unpardonable’

Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister Stephenson King has described the current situation with St Jude Hospital one decade after a devastating fire at the facility as ‘unpardonable’.

King, who was Prime Minister at the time of the fire  told St Lucia Times it is a painful feeling at this time.

“To know that despite all the pain ans suffering of workers, the families who lost loved ones and the experience of the night of the fire – I personally and physically was present on that night and the decisions that were made to relocate the operations of the hospital to the comprehensive school and then to the stadium. I believe that ten years later the fact that we have failed to deliver to the people of Saint Lucia a proper facility to replace the burnt-out facility or to redevelop the existing facility is unpardonable,” the Castries North MP declared.

“We need to do what is necessary to get the facility going,” King, who is Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, asserted.

He said he was aware that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has made a number of comments and given commitments to redevelop St Jude.

“We have received the resources – we have received from the Republic of China Taiwan additional resources for the redevelopment of the facility,” King stated.

He recalled that Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph himself has given a commitment that work will start in earnest within two or three weeks.

King expressed the hope that once the work gets off the ground, the facility will be completed in a timely manner so that health services in the South will return to normalcy, especially at St Jude Hospital.

“We all must take blame for not completing the facility within the ten years,” King told St Lucia Times.

Three patients died when fire devastated the St Jude Hospital ten years ago.

The facility’s operations were relocated to the George Odlum national stadium where they have remained to date.

A former Chairman of the St Jude hospital board last year described conditions there as ‘a dungeon of shame.’

 

17 COMMENTS

  1. This is a guy I do have a lot of respect for. He knows his limitations and is not afraid to speak his mind. Conscience sometimes have a way of showing itself even in the worst of people. He has a heart and conscience and has also lived the story. Hope this puts to rest a lot of those still defending this group on St. Jude’s. These guys are vindictive and would rather see cost increases to projects they have stopped because it got started by their predecessor, than address the problems of healthcare. We have been bombarded with tourism improvements over the last two years but only promises when it comes to peoples health. The icing on the cake would be these guys efforts to close the dump because it will be detrimental to the health of Tao’s house but not patients at the stadium.

    • The former PM should give his salary to ensure that the St. Jude hospital is built as needed . After all his party is in office and he was Prime Minister when this occurred . He had the means and authority then to have this done while he was in office . Therefore he will not get any sympathy from me . He is just another crook that’s destroying the country . All this talk from him is cheap as the blade he cuts his hair with.

      • Jack are you a jack ass. When he went out of office that hospital was almost complete. Idoits like you voted him out for the same guys who sank the country and now you talking bout he should give his salary. How about you asking Kenny and the rest of the slp to pay for the complication of the hospital that was 90 percent complete for it to be in the mess it is right now.

  2. From a dedicated Staff to all colleagues:

    Today marks 10 yrs of that dreadful fire that destroyed St.Jude hospital. It is still a painful period for us the staff and by extension the public. I have to say hats off to some of our dedicated staff who keeps fighting hard against all challenges that come, to see that patients get the care they require. As a 30yrs plus employee of St.Jude Hospital,remembering that dreadful 12:30am vision of that surgical wing burning,remembering those who perished,to their families I say continue to be strong,the outpouring of assistance from the employees,community and that of the citizens of our island and the outside assistance of the aftermath, my heart is heavy this morning. To all I say look up to the lord,for this is the only place where all of our help comes from. To the staff of St.Jude Hospital I say keep strong,keep pushing, the dedication and commitment we have before and after the fire will and can never be erased. To you the public, thank you for your understanding, patients and support, we do our best to serve you, that,s what keep us going. We care!!!!!

    • What a shameful island to live in where most private sector workers earn less than 900.00 dollars a month to provide for their families I am appealing to private sector workers to stay away from the ballot box …. Do not vote in the next elections as there is nothing for you just crime poverty and poor health care what we need is a revolution

      • To not vote, is to have no voice, far less a revolution. My vote is my voice – which I can raise or lower to my liking. Ignorance is not the solution.

  3. Copied From a dedicated staff to the public and colleagues:

    Today marks 10 yrs of that dreadful fire that destroyed St.Jude hospital. It is still a painful period for us the staff and by extension the public. I have to say hats off to some of our dedicated staff who keeps fighting hard against all challenges that come, to see that patients get the care they require. As a 30yrs plus employee of St.Jude Hospital,remembering that dreadful 12:30am vision of that surgical wing burning,remembering those who perished,to their families I say continue to be strong,the outpouring of assistance from the employees,community and that of the citizens of our island and the outside assistance of the aftermath, my heart is heavy this morning. To all I say look up to the lord,for this is the only place where all of our help comes from. To the staff of St.Jude Hospital I say keep strong,keep pushing, the dedication and commitment we have before and after the fire will and can never be erased. To you the public, thank you for your understanding, patients and support, we do our best to serve you, that,s what keep us going. We care!!!!!

    • Great piece, this comment speaks volumes of what and who did not get mentioned. I salute you people for all the bull….s*** that the St.Lucian government (both past and present) has put you through. You handle all this with dignity and pride. “Break a leg”

  4. All of you PMs both pass and present, are heartless men, and you don’t know what health care is all about! give us a brake! courage to all of you health care workers!

  5. Choops. Shanta King, Halcrow andall the LOCAL contractors sucked this country dry, illions and didn’t gv a damn about the ppl in the South. Even worst are the Directors of Finance, the Ministers’ of Finance who continued to approve monies to pay those ppl. All U had no common sense to realise too much money was being given with NO RESULTS. SMBH. ANYWAYS. I wish this work would go to an International Firm. The locals have all showed their incompetence.

  6. GIVE US OUR DAMN HOSPITAL …y’all have money for everything else except health care. Y’all KILLING US HERE IN ST LUCIA SOS SOS SOS HELP US

  7. ,Thanks for being honest Mr King,it all started with you my friend,you made a big mistake giving contracts to your friends,thinking that they could save your face.Forgetting that hospitals have to be built following strict world established rules and procedures,obviously your friends were in another planet .So now we are still suffering from all this incompetence,the shame is the millions that all St Lucians have had to pay,for all this bo bol,all the squandering the money that has gone into thin air.Nobody knows,nobody cares,if you would have been born in Japan,your pride would call for Harakiri.

  8. To free Mason, I am very surprised you would advise anyone in any setting to withhold their vote, I challenge you when at your next Election to stand up and you are not voting one way or the other.
    I will ask you to withdraw that advice and do the right thing
    Looking forward to it soon Nobel.

  9. The powers that be have no urgency in the health care needs of their people …because they have the resources and funds to fly out of St. Lucia and seek healthcare elsewhere…hence they do not care.

  10. What voice has voting ever given poor people??? Administration after administration same tihs. What voice??? All we see in this country is red or yellow. Maybe if we didn’t see colour election time we’d actually have a voice. We’re only heard before election time but do these guys even listen?

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