Minister Concerned About Standard Of Saint Lucia Health Care

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Health, Wellness & Elderly Affairs Minister Moses Jn Baptiste has expressed concern over health care in Saint Lucia.

“I am concerned about the standard of health care throughout Saint Lucia,” he said on Monday when reporters raised the matter of health care at the OKEU Hospital.

Jn Baptiste said the government was working with the Millennium Heights Medical Complex (MHMC) board to remedy several situations.

The Complex comprises Owen King EU Hospital, the National Mental Wellness Centre, and Turning Point Rehabilitation Centre facilities.

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“We are working with the board to ensure that the protocols are improved, and that is the same with the St Jude Hospital,” the Vieux Fort North MP disclosed.

In addition, he said work was ongoing to improve primary health care infrastructure and systems.

The Minister explained that MHMC staff had been working under’ tremendous pressure’, especially at the height of the COVID-19 crisis.

And he explained that nurses leave the system every month, creating a shortage.

“I understand the need for us to continue improving the standards, but I want to assure you that the Board of the Millennium Heights Medical Complex is working to ensure that we do so,” the Minister told reporters.

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13 COMMENTS

  1. When will SLU stop depending on imperfect humans to do what is right and instead form a pro-active group amongst themselves to serve their own needs?…probably never. No frkn back bones.

  2. First OF ALL MUSSA DON’T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT HEATH CARE..THESE PEOPLE ARE CLUELESS IT GET WORSE UNDER PJP ADMINISTRATION NO MEDICATION ALL OVER THE ISLAND..PUTTING THE PEOPLE FIRST LUCIANS WILL LEARN..THAT IS WHY THE NURSE’S ARE LEAVING ST LUCIA I DON’T BLAME THEM

  3. A complete overhaul in St Lucia’s health system, including and especially mental health, is what is needed; starting with improved training of medical staff at every level. Set up a standards body to ensure that people do their jobs ethically, enthusiastically and with care. For that to happen, there needs to be good governance, good working conditions and good salaries in keeping with the kind of work that is being done. Still this is true of the whole of St Lucia’s Public Service (self serving mostly!) but who will instigate this? Politicians of any Party just make statements about the state of things but don’t know (or won’t do) what is necessary. I feel sad for this country. So much potential, but too many small minded people concerned about one upmanship and their own wealth and status, and not only at the political level…

  4. I will believe how concern you are when you show R.F. and S.K. that you are a bigger man than they are. Stop bluffing stop cowering under, show the people of the Southern Districts that you are a man and fight for the completion of the new and modern Hospital Chastanet started. Only then I’ll believe you’re concerned. Jesus is concerned, he gave His life for the poor.

  5. Press release after television appearance after media report says the same thing from the SLP:
    “We are concerned”
    “We feel you pain”
    ” We understand the hurt you are going through”
    The SLP governs by Press Release, sound bites and optics.
    They have no concrete plans or policies to solve anything. From the obvious like the sargasum weeds choking our bays so fisherman cannot earn a living to one of the world’s leading murder rates – pierre fredericks king hillaire have no answers.
    The SLP have never been able to govern but just to oppose in opposition.
    They never realized that talk is cheap and criticism is so much easier than governing and Implementing policy.
    Such a pity Lucians are so easily fooled.

  6. Some of our healthcare problems are originating for the department of nursing at SALCC. The administration of the department of nursing is not empathetic and is not student oriented as per student’s reports. The administration in the department of nursing at SALCC need to work in a zoo with only wild animals.

  7. There was a time if you told me that you were concerned, I would understand. I am concerned also. But you are in a damn position to do something about it and you are being paid for that. Do something about it. Being concerned will not cut it.

    • MUSA !!!
      YOU ALL KNOW THERE IS A CHICKEN FARM IN UPPER AUGIER AFTER THE 357 DISCO IN A RESIDENTIAL AREA WHICH AFFECTS THE HEALTH OF THE PEOPLE AND YOU ALL REFUSE TO TAKE IT OUT. ISN’T THAT HEALTH CARE TOO? MUSA YOU PASS IN THIS ROAD GOING TO GRACE ALL THE TIME AND IM SURE YOU TAKE THE SMELL IN YOUR BIG NOSE. YEARS AND YEARS HAVE GONE BY AND NOTHING IS BEING DONE.. FOR THE SAKE OF THE PEOPLE’S HEALTH , DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

  8. the reason the nurses leave is because they are treated like crap and expect to work full time under these disgusting conditions where as they get a better pay and conditions elsewhere. by the way where are the cuban nurses they sent to help are they gone back already?

  9. Moses you and everyone in government need to start stepping up BIG TIME!! You the leader the buck stop and start with you.

    You guys need to figure out how to raise the bar. Ask your self why is it, Cuba have better health care than us?

    Cuba is a country that has been deprived for many years (sanctions) and they still doing better than us? That’s a problem.

    Do a pilot program over there learn how to improve our health care. Study their system and learn from it.

    In addition, you have bigger problems your crime situation are now including people with gun shot wounds.

    You need to start stepping up your health care to be able to deal with these problems. So you have to send people abroad to train to perform these surgeries and get them the facilities to do so!!

    Moses you and the other leaders PiP, Chas, all of you, SLP, UWP need to start stepping up.

    Stop talking and STEP UP!

  10. There first must be respect for healthcare workers from the ministerial level. The ministry must first listen to the healthcare workers who are the ones on the ground.
    Why is it 16 months and the drs have not received their gratuities. Let’s start there.

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