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Masman Peter Min-
shall sent this statement
to the T&T Guardian:
"Something is rotten
in the state of Denmark.
When the Queen beck-
ons the Inter Religious
Organisation to her pri-
vate chambers to discuss
matters of state and to
do her bidding forthwith,
something verily stinks hereabouts.
"The IRO is marched across the street by Her
Majesty to persuade a rebellious subject of his sin
and error, and to pray over him on the pavement
there in full view of the populace, that he might
desist from his unholy hunger strike.
"The IRO then issues a full-page newspaper
proclamation declaring in laborious detail its seriously
errant version of the event, thereby presenting itself
to the world as little more than Her Majesty s lackey,
prepared not only to do her bidding, but to make
public pronouncements, in terms not in the least
subtle or truthful, which demonstrate a clear bias
in favour of Her Majesty s policy.
"Well, here s a howdy do!
"Something is truly rotten in the Republic. The
IRO, or a fair portion thereof, appears to be in open
collaboration with Herr Lord Chamberlain Anand
and Frau Queen Kamla in their bid to excise and
exterminate every last little trace of dissent in the
"This is an outrage and dangerously fascist to
"Would that God above might let the IRO know
that its sole reason and mission is to be collectively
fair, just, unbiased, and even-handed in all its dealings,
as pertain to matters of public interest, both on
earth and in heaven.
"The IRO must pray for the Queen with as much
fervour as the least of her subjects, if not more so.
She is after all the most mighty, powerful person
in the kingdom.
"The IRO knows full well, as does the country s
entire citizenry, from their pretty recent, pretty
painful experience of the Queen s predecessor, that
absolute power corrupts absolutely.
"The IRO s prayers must therefore above all be
to beseech God s will that the Queen be granted the
royal grace to serve her subjects, her beloved democ-
racy, in a living, loving, altogether embracing part-
nership with the people, all the people, so doing
with a truly fair, even and steady hand. God help
"God help us all."
Matthews, sister of the
leader of the Highway
The North Central Regional Health
Authority (NCRHA) recently paid off a $40
million bill it owed to Medical Associates
Private Hospital, St Joseph.
The authority s CEO, Kumar Boodram,
confirmed that to the T&T Guardian after
its director Dr Rodney Ramroop disclosed
that the authority owed millions of dollars
to several medical private institutions.
Ramroop was speaking at the NCRHA s
public board meeting yesterday at the Eric
Williams auditorium, La Joya Complex, St
He explained that the money would have
been spent because the NCRHA had to out-
source patient treatment and care because
its hospitals were not equipped with either
the medical experts or the necessary facil-
"Because we had no neurosurgeon, any
patient with cranial, brain and spine prob-
lems had to be sent to private institutions.
One we owed over $33 million and that was
before 2012," Ramroop said.
But he said because there were now three
neurosurgeons at the NCRHA, this out-
sourcing has ceased.
There were also gaps in the Ear, Nose and
Throat (ENT) Department, including no
paediatric ENT service and Paediatric Inten-
sive Care Unit (ICU).
"We had to send children to the adult
ICU and it was a challenge for the staff
there to keep adjusting medication," he
Ramroop said he believed the NCRHA
spent millions of dollars for patients to die
at private institutions.
He explained: "When the patients were
sent to the private institutions for ICU care,
most of them die within two to three days
because they don t take responsibility and
assess our patients. They don t have high
dependency care there and the onus is on
us to provide that."
Boodram said over a period of a year, the
NCRHA was able to liquidate the $40 million
bill, including a single patient s bill which
amounted to $1.6 million.
The chairman of the NCRHA board, Dr
Shehenaz Mohammed, said five ambulances
had now been bought for the NCRHA but
the process was long and cumbersome.
She added: "The process of acquiring
these ambulances took almost the entire
tenure of this board because it required
proper specification and alignment of needs,
a rigid tendering process and finally approval
from the Ministry of Health, which was
received by letter, dated September 23, 2014.
"It is expected that these ambulances will
be delivered within the next two months,
so members of the public, patients of the
NCRHA, finally you will have designated
ambulances for your needs."
Boodram said the ambulances cost $3
million and were acquired through the Massy
Group. See Page A8
'God help us all'
(HRM) Dr Wayne
Kublalsingh, has criti-
cised the National Infra-
Company (Nidco) for
failing to report which
the Armstrong Report
were implemented by
Matthews, an attorney,
was speaking outside the
Port-of-Spain, as Parlia-
ment reconvened yester-
While the Public Pro-
curement and Disposal of
Public Property Bill was
being debated, a small
group of HRM supporters
gathered, some bearing
placards, saying "If Dr
Kublalsingh dies his blood
is on her hands."
complained: "Two weeks
ago Nidco promised to
present to the JCC its
alleged considerations of
the recommendations of
the Armstrong Report.
"Nidco s omission to
do so speaks volumes.
There is a deafening
silence on the part of
Nidco and the JCC (Joint
Consultative Council) has
not said a single word
criticising the inaction of
the Government on this
She also called on the
JCC to insist the Govern-
ment kept its promise to
present the report imme-
She added: "A man is
prepared to die because
of a betrayal of a promise
and actions of all stake-
holders must reflect some
urgency, even if it is a
relation to a new promise
now made by Nidco to
present documents for
"What does our word
mean? Let our actions
reflect that it means
something. While our
politicians, who imagine
themselves powerful, sit
in Parliament right now
like lords and duchesses
over all of us while we
stand up in the rain for
truth, for a cause.
"I wonder whether
they realise that grabbing
for oneself, thieving, lying
and spreading misinfor-
mation are symptoms of
how truly powerless we
She described her
brother as an honest, sin-
cere man who wanted
nothing for himself and
was now facing death.
"Those qualities are
non-issues for the greedy
and corrupt among us,"
On her brother s
health, she said he was
very frail in body but
doing well spiritually and
was still thinking logical-
Carmona has responded
to a request from Project
40, a group that supports
the HRM, and has agreed
to meet three of its mem-
bers on Tuesday.
Day 52 of Kublalsingh's hunger strike...
Sister complains of silence from Nidco
CEO of the North Central Regional Health Authority Kumar Boodram, left, chairman of the
authority, Dr Shehenaz Mohammed, and director Dr Rodney Ramroop chat after the
authority's public board meeting at the Eric Williams auditorium, La Joya Complex,
Eastern Main Road, St Joseph yesterday. PHOTO: SHIRLEY BAHADUR
NCRHA on money paid to private hospitals:
for patients to die
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