Press Release:- The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) observes that today 9th September 2019, marks the tenth anniversary of the St. Jude’s Hospital fire and Saint Lucians are still puzzled as to why this current UWP Administration – which campaigned for the completion of the hospital and promised to do so expeditiously in its manifesto – abandoned the completion of the said hospital.
It is important to underscore that tens of Millions of dollars were donated by many foreign governments toward the rehabilitation of the Saint Jude Hospital, which was nearing completion when this wicked and uncaring administration took over the levers of power on June 6th 2016.
Further, the Hospital, which was six (6) months away from completion, could have been finished with the loan funds of US$20 million that were made available by the ROC (Taiwan) and partially drawn down.
To have aborted the completion of the Hospital and leave the buildings unattended for more than three years, for no valid reason, is a clear and categorical disregard for the healthcare needs of the Saint Lucian people, particularly the people who reside in the South of the island.
All of this neglect has caused a serious deterioration in the healthcare situation in Saint Lucia, while Allen Chastanet and his apostles travel the World luxuriously and seek medical attention abroad.
The SLP issues yet another call to this administration to complete the Saint Jude Hospital and stop playing games with the health of our people and nation.
The SLP is aware that Saint Lucians are dying daily due to the callous and heartless treatment of healthcare by the Allen Chastanet Administration.
The SLP is therefore opposed to the government’s borrowing to build a new structure on the Saint Jude site, without any sensible rationale for doing so.
We categorically reject the Government’s extravagant and suspicious plans especially in light of no answers to questions posed by the Parliamentary Representative for Vieux-Fort South on whether this proposed new facility will be a polyclinic or a hospital; and whether the design of the hospital/[Polyclinic] has received full or partial approval from the Development Control Authority.
In this context, the SLP wishes to assure Saint Lucians that, upon its return to office, the St. Jude Hospital SHALL be completed as part of its overall effort to improve the healthcare infrastructure in Saint Lucia.
The SLP also wishes to note for the record, that the 10th Anniversary of the St. Jude’s fire marks five and a half years of oversight by a UWP administration in which it accomplished very little progress, while the SLP which administered the project for four and a half years, brought it to over 80% completion; before this corrupt administration stopped work for no good reason at all.
The SLP also notes that as a result of this Government’s insensitive actions, the National Stadium which was formally inaugurated on 15th March 2003, has served as a makeshift hospital for ten of the sixteen years it has been in operation to date.
On this sad and solemn occasion, the SLP remembers the three (3) Saint Lucians who perished in the fire of September 9th 2009:
- Mr. Murnus Vigee of Belle Vue,
- Mr. Claudius Soudin of Cacao, and
- Mr. Joseph Jn. Baptiste of Pierrot.
We continue to keep, in our prayers the families of the deceased persons and we ask God to give them the strength and courage to carry on life’s journey, as we assure them that we will not rest until the losses of their beloved are made meaningful by the completion of the St. Jude’s Hospital.