Sunday, January 26, 2020

Pierre: St Jude Hospital Questions Remain Unanswered

Opposition leader Philip J. Pierre has questioned assertions that work is progressing on the reconstruction of St Jude Hospital (SJH).

The assertions  about progress were made last week by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on his official Facebook page.

In making the announcement, Chastanet disclosed that talks are underway with several institutions  for a medical university to occupy the buildings that were previously constructed.

“This will serve as a strategic move as it will allow both the hospital and the university to benefit from the services and opportunities of each other,” the PM stated.

Opposition leader Pierre said that his attention has been drawn to the claims that the SJH project is progressing and negotiations for a medical school in the buildings abandoned by the current administration.

“Are we supposed to greet that announcement with glee – and some may say – gratitude?Grateful if someone would tell Saint Lucians what is the ‘Progress’ since June 2016,” Pierre wrote on the official Facebook page of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

“Why did it take the government 3½ years to re-start work on St. Jude Hospital? Many have suffered because of poor and inadequate health care, and medical personnel have complained, but it took the powers that be over forty months to decide,” the SLP leader observed.

He asserted that so many questions are not being answered by those who use the word “progress” as a defense against transparency.

Among the questions Pierre posed was:  How was the contractor chosen, considering the fact that the government had over three years to decide?

“Under no circumstances can that be considered an emergency that could not be tendered,” the Castries East MP stated.

He also posed a list of other questions:
(1) Who is responsible for the purchase (procurement) of steel and other building supplies?
(2) Is the building being constructed to standards fit for international accreditation? If so what accreditation body is responsible?
(3) What is the cost of the “new” facility?
(4) What is the cost of “revision of the internal layout of buildings”?
(5) Are local medical personnel involved in the process?
(6) How was it determined that the buildings on the original St Jude project are not fit for a hospital but good enough for a medical school?

“Surely our people’s health and our country’s resources must be taken more seriously. The answer cannot be the SLP did not complete St. Jude,” Pierre declared.

19 COMMENTS

  1. Pierre your goverment has been there since the st.judes fire.and what have youll done? Dont put no blame on that uwp goverment.slp was there long before.what have your goverment done with all the monies which were donated? Shut your mouth

    • You need to keep quiet before u talk. St Jude’s burnt down in 2019 and uwp was in power at that time. King was the prime minister at the time and works for St Jude hospital began under him. Labour came in and continued the work but not to the acceptance of we lucians. Uwp came back into power and halted construction and after almost 4 yrs they back at it saying a new wing will be built and that part of the wing that’s already constructed will be used for a medical school. Get ur facts right before u comment.

      • Alva admitted that the plan stage of a hospital takes at least 5 years. Do you know that OKEU was initiated under Sir John and Romanus Lansiquot? After 10 years of SLP nothing happened. Yes they did the design.

      • You need to view the video “Untold Stories” with Kenny Anthony reference ST Judes Hospital. It will answer all your question. From the mouth of the Dr. Kenny Anthony.

  2. “(6) How was it determined that the buildings on the original St Jude project are not fit for a hospital but good enough for a medical school?”

    That is the damess question every. There are some damn answers. A hospital must be fit to treat the living. At a medical school they used the dead. No desk and chairs setting at a hospital. No blackboards. They do not carry experiment at a hospital. They do the real thing. More I write the more I see how damn is that question. Imaging this from a wanna be leader of a country.

    • Number (6) is an legitimate question and I might add a profound one to boot. The “damnest” to your illegitimacy is based squarely on your usual ignorant and bias one sided claims (the norm that we have all gotten accustomed to). Truth Be Told are there any projects, administrative implementations, in your dysfunctional years has ever enjoyed as a St Lucian under The Supreme Leadership Party ? Truth Be Told of your dismay and dislike for former PM Kenny Anthony is unhealing and runs deep there, there, there, therapy is not a bad thing.

      • …. and what have you said that has not made the (6) question a damn question reference my justification. Report upon report has stated that the building is unfit for a hospital. Now keep on lashing me. I can take.

  3. Both uwp and slp. Dirty thieving criminals dont even know why have elections anymore. Same s*** different day. You only think of yourselves.Putsche

  4. i think the Opposition leader should shut up let work continue he was there for 5years and didn’t see it fit to complete the hospital they love playing Politics with the work of the people that story you keep repeating is dead move on to something else worth our attention.

  5. Playing political football with the peoples’ hospital….shame on you Pip!
    Why didn’t you pose the question to Kenny when you’ll were in power? It didn’t apply then? I would have loved to hear the answers from Your administration at the time, which I know would never come out from Mr.Secret (Kenny). Smh….go back with that nonsense.

  6. And the masses will still fall for his crap, thats the sad part.

    Keep eating your own vomit urll lucians…keep it up.. and see the uprising and revolt from this generation.

    It is on the verge.

    you watch

    We are not gullible…

  7. ALLEN TAKE THE HOSPITAL AND MAKE IT THE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL FOR YOUR DADDY DEAREST. TO HELL WITH ST.LUCIANS AND THEIR HEALTH. THEY ARE INGRATES AND DESERVE THE TREATMENT YOU GIVE THEM. TAKE IT ALL ALLEN AND LEAVE THEM ON THEIR USELESS BUTTS. PJP, SAVE YOUR ENERGY…LOOK AFTER YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY AND LET THE UNGRATEFUL LUCIANS SEE HELL UNDER THEIR BELOVED GOD, ALLEN. YOU HVAE DONE ENOUGH AND ALL THEY DO IS SUPPORT A CORRUPT, USELESS, BUNCH OF CROOKS CALLED UWP

  8. MERLINE AND WHAT SLP ARE CALLED.YOU ARE SO POLITICAL BLIND BOTH PARTIES ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ST.JUDE LUCIANS ARE NOT BLIND.

  9. RIGHT NOW MY ADVICE TO MR PJP CALL A TOWN HALL MEETING FOR THE YOUNGSTER’S THAT IS LEAVING IN HIS CONSTITUENCY.TO MANY CRIMES.

  10. SLP Spent 3 terms in power and did nothing to change anything in this country but now that they’re in opposition all they are doing is complain and blame this present government for all the thing they didn’t do themselves. Mr Pierre you think what you’re doing is going to help your government get back in power but what you’re doing will be your downfall and another thing sir, neither Kenny Anthony nor Ernest Hillaire will want you to be prime minister cause these two will never want to work under you. You’re what they consider a mistake and as elections get closer you will see this if you haven’t already.

    • The One that’s a joker you know the problem many St Lucians like yourself you don’t believe and understand the checks and balances of governance. Simply asking legitimate questions that are Jermaine to the tax’s payers of this country “This will not help your government get back in power” The man is not campaigning, he is simply asking questions on legitimate issues as the opposition, the same way if the shoe was on the other foot questions would have been raised too. If you think every one in your government is waking around with a halo above their heads and wings coming out of their backs you are stupid. St Lucian’s like too much back of wall politics.

  11. The two political parties made a mess of St Jude,how many of you filled your pockets ? and are still doing it today.The two parties smell of dog pup,and to think that we have to vote for one of them,or not vote at all.We need to change our constitution fast,and stop voting for parties,we need to vote for individuals that are honest, intelligent and responsible to those that voted for him.

  12. Well if this does not confirm Pierre’s worth to our electorate WHAT will. Stop barking and using DIRTY politics. The people are no longer moon moon’s they are educated folks and where it lacks we are enlightening them. Youhave the audacity to put this in writing? REALLY!!!. To be honest it is not worth a response but beggars belief, I felt the need to say something. The hospital burnt yonks ago. DID YOU ASK THOSE QUESTIONS 8 1/2 years ago when the Labor Party PROMISED to open the hospital? Way, way way… Had you paid attention during your last tenure the hospital would be functioning today. How dare you put to keyboard “How was it determined that the buildings on the original St Jude project are not fit for a hospital but good enough for a medical school” Did you question yourself before hitting the return key? I leave you to ponder on that question and answer it yourself as a potential Leader…SMDFH. God help St. Lucia.

  13. this guy is not able to run the Labor Party but he is asking St Lucians to allow him to run our beautiful Helen.is he Crazy?or does he think that we are

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