Submitted by John Dillinger
Now isn’t it ironic that the parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Health, Senator Virginia Irene Sandiford-Garner happens to be the DLP candidate for St. Andrew, yet her administration takes a decision to site the new general hospital in Christ Church? Totally disadvantaging the folks in the northern parishes encompassing St. Andrew, St. Peter, St. Lucy (DLP stronghold held by Minister Denis Kellman), St. Joseph, St. Thomas and St. James.
Does the DLP really plan on making any inroads into the constituencies in these parishes? Certainly that decision to site the new general hospital will impact on Senator Sandiford-Garner’s chances as DLP candidate for St. Andrew in the next general election. Wait a second…was not her specific function as dictated by the late PM David Thompson the redevelopment of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital? By deciding to move ahead with a new general hospital, does it signify that the goodly Senator has failed in her role to redevelop the QEH?
Is all the massive upgrade and capital works at the QEH which was so glowingly spoken about going to go to nought when the general hospital is moved to Kingsland? Is this move a slap in Senator Garner’s face by her own administration? Are these people from the northern parishes only to rely on the outpatients clinics? Aren’t the residents of these parishes taxpayers too?
I believe like most other Bajans that the Hothersal, Waterford, Lower Estate or Salters areas would have been the ideal location for a new hospital but then again, we ordinary Bajans and taxpayers weren’t on the high powered committee or in cabinet who chose the site