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This is a disappointing editorial MG. Unfortunately, you showed your bias when you hastily dismissed the athletes' position as " CERTAINLY a storm in a teacup"; and yet later you say their arguments "appear to be legitimate". As much as I'm sympathetic to the plight of St. Judes' patients, I do not believe it is in their interests to remain at the Stadium for another 18 months. What's more it's clear the stadium will be needed so our athletes can prepare for several upcoming regional competitions. If there is a suitable factory shell readily available that can be converted into a temporary hospital then the use of such an building should be explored. Then again, if we had a decent, modern general hospital, there would be no problem relocating the patients there. Then there might be no need to rebuild St. Judes as for a full scale hospital. We need to ask whether a country with Saint Lucia's population and resources can afford to run 2 general hospitals and 2 airports. In fact the way developments are springing up around the pitons, it is doubtful whether we need 2 pitons. Seriously though we must stop this type of knee-jerk emotional decision-making and make decisions based on reality and fact. Barbados with a population twice the size of Saint Lucia's has only one general hospital. Heaven knows why we need 2?
Why do you need two eyes, hands, feet etc..., perhaps you should cut one off and see how it feels.Barbados is flat, it doesn't take much to get from one point to the next.
The first comment made a lot of sense, but the second one is a very very flat agruement (spelling) about Barbados being flat etc, that does not make any sense. Being flat have nothing to do with getting around quickly. Gros Islet to Castries is basically flat, is it easy to move between them, on a morning and afternoon? This government is short sighted, there is a brand new mental hospital just completed, which will not be used anytime soon, for what it is intended, because it is not equiped. This same government was saying it was to big, so they made a conference hall as part of the hospital. I strongly believe that part of the hospital should have been used as wards for the admitted patients, and they should vacate the "WHITE ELEPHANT" as they use to call it, for our sportsmen and women. People with serious emergencies travel to martinique, so no body should say VF is to far from Castries. What do you think?
Great article MG. It is time to end the politics. This to me is really a storm in a tea-cup. Saving lives must come first over people trying to score cheap political points. Great read!
Vieux-Fort is far from Castries when you have an emergency, just pray it's not you or your family.
I would be very happy for my family to be air lifted by helecopter to Castries for theatment, for the time being, as there is no hospital in VF just as they are air lifted to martinique. Which distance is shorter?
That's good you can afford it, how about the rest of the population and what if there was only one hospital and it burnt down like St.Jude's did?
Let us stop making excuses about who can afford it. my cousin has a bad accident, we did not have money but it was arranged that he had to be taken to martinique for treatment and he had to go. Which is more expensive for the government Martinique by air plain or Castries by helecopter? Not everybody will need the helecopter, some can use the ambulance with para mediects on board. Now you coming with IF. You can use IF and say anything afrter it, eg IF i was God, IF i was a king, IF i was rich etc, etc. let us face reality and stop talking about IF.
I meant air plane
If I was as stupid as you I wouldn't even blog. You make no sense whatsoever.
Do not just say i do not make sense, please point out what i say that does not make sense. I know i spell some words wrong. But nobody will not run me off this board, i will try correct them, to the best of my ability, each time they try to make false statements on this board for blind political reasons.
-----Do not just say i do not make sense, please point out what i say that does not make sense.----Need someone to point you to you? Coyoon sa Coyoon ek pass sav sa mesier.
I know people, when they have nothing sense able to say, they end up making the messanger the topic, typical Lucian, that is not new to me.
Plans for rebuilding St. Judes should defnitely be influenced by the fact that a new general hospital is being built in Castries. Hospitals are very costly to run. Expensive equipment has to be bought and maintained. Medical staff has to be recuited and paid decent salaries. Drugs must be bought from overseas suppliers. This is a very heavy burden for our Government. In a country with high poverty and unemployment, Government must subsidize the cost of healthcare. Given all of the above, it doesn't makes sense to have 2 full general hospitals offering the same level of diagnostic and rehablitative services. Ideally, St Judes should be rebuilt as a full-scale, hig class polyclinic with about 50 beds to provide emergency care. People requiring intensive care should be moved to Castries after being stabilized at St. Judes. The Plan should be to ensure that every ctizen has access to emergency care within 30-45 minutes and to intensive care within 90 minutes. People must realize that in these tough times, Government must contain its costs. Government's revenue base is very limited. It has to build and maintain schools, roads, draniage, public buldings etc. The more money it saves, the more it can accomplish. The alternative is to borrow at high interest rates. Government must begin a serious review of its costs and cut out the fat. Two general hosptals and two airports is too much fat for this Government to carry.
Your plan is stupid, you just hate the south and if you could, you would have moved the international ariport to Castries. The south is part of St.Lucia too.
Very good contribution, what is what we need on this board, people who make sense,
Before we start a war of South against north, we must read and understand what the contributer is saying. That is very, very good contribution, that person should be King and the uwp advisor. All we have in St Lucia are people who protect their jobs. You must listen to Reid and you will understand what i am talking about.
The war has been on for decades, the north will always treat the south as it's tail. But that's OK because the north is a concrete jungle and I don't like it but we have free range in the south.
I assume the contributors to this page are all Saint Lucians. I believe the best contribution we can make to our country is to always put our country first and to always think in terms of what will take our country forward. The second thng we can do is to respect each other's views. We can make the blogs we post on this site a powerful force for good and a source of sound advice to the powers-that-be in our country. We will not always agree but at least let us agree to disagree with respect. it is in this vein that I offer the following opinion. The key to achieving balanced physical development is having a solid physical infrastructure, especially roads and utilities linking major communities. Presently, Hewanorra Airport is about 60-75 minutes away from Castries and 90 mniutes from Gros-Islet. This compares well with travel times from airport to capital city in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana. All but Jamaica have one airport. Do we need 2? I don't think we do. The majority of tourists arrive at Vieux-fort as do the majority of Saint Lucians who travel internationally. Mostly regional travellers use George Charles, but nowadays most northerners have no problem driving to Hewanorra to take advantage of cheaper flights to T&T on British Airways. So even now the travel time to Hewanorra is not a big deal. Still, the comfort and safety of the drive along the Castries to Vieux-Fort Highway can definitely be improved. At least 10 minutes can be cut from the drive by by-passing the Barre de L'isle. The highway should also be made safe for night time driving. Once the higway is improved, this will enhance the appeal of one General hospital in Castries and one in international airport in Vieux-Fort.
The hospitals and airports were there even before most of us were born so they're part of our communities and I believe they should stay there.
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