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Healthcare workers at the Sangre
Grande Regional Hospital ended their
two-week impasse yesterday, one day
after the Valentine s Day resignation
of CEO of the Eastern Regional Health
Authority (ERHA) Ameena Ali. They
immediately resumed their normal
This came after an urgent meeting
between Public Services Association
(PSA) president Watson Duke, Com-
munications Minister Vasant Bharath,
who is also chairman of the National
Health Commission (NHC), and acting
Health Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan,
against whom the PSA had filed crim-
inal charges arising out of the same
issue, is out of the country.
The PSA had threatened that the
protest would have escalated into "total
war" if the matter was not resolved by
tomorrow (Carnival Tuesday) with
healthcare workers not even showing
up for work at the hospital.
At a media conference at the union s
Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain
headquarters yesterday, Duke said he
relayed the "good news" to the nurses
earlier and advised them to return to
work but to still continue protesting
the unsatisfactory health and safety
conditions at the hospital. He said they
agreed to do so in good faith.
Duke thanked Bharath and
Gopeesingh for helping to bring the
matter to a win-win situation.
Contacted by the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, Bharath said he did meet with
Duke in his capacity as chairman of
the NHC and the union president
expressed certain concerns to him. He
said he discussed the matter with
Gopeesingh and they "got an under-
standing" from Duke and the healthcare
"We spoke with the relevant persons
at the facility and the board. The board
met with the CEO and they came to
"Clearly, there was a desire to ensure
that the delivery of health services con-
tinues at the hospital, particularly over
the long weekend," Bharath said.
The delivery of healthcare at the
Sangre Hospital had been virtually
stopped since the workers, including
nurses, had been only signing in for
work, but spending the day sitting in
a tent in the car park.
Many hospital services were sus-
pended with only critical cases being
attended to in the emergency room.
The hospital pharmacy was also
closed and all outpatient services sus-
A 22-year-old man
was murdered near his
Carenage home on Sat-
According to police
reports, around 10 pm
Keon Holder, of L Anse
Mitan Road, was walking
near his home when he
got into an argument
with two men who were
liming at the side of the
One of the men drew
a gun and shot Holder in
his abdomen. Holder
attempted to run away,
but collapsed after reach-
ing a short distance.
The gunman then
walked over and shot
Holder several times at
point-blank range, before
he and his friend ran
Police who were on
patrol nearby responded
to the gunshots and after
finding Holder immedi-
ately began to search the
community for the sus-
Holder was taken to
the Port-of-Spain Gen-
eral Hospital, where he
was pronounced dead on
Although they had not
been arrested up to late
said they expect to
apprehend the suspects
within the next couple of
Holder s murder is the
third recorded between
Friday night and yester-
Around 2 am on Sat-
urday, 27-year-old Farzan
Ali was stabbed to death
near a bar in Tunapuna.
Ali, of Piarco, was liming at Cente-
nary Street, Tunapuna, when he had
an argument with two fellow limers.
As Ali was engaged in a verbal battle
with one of the suspects, the other
broke a beer bottle which he used to
stab Ali repeatedly.
Ali was taken to hospital where he
died. The two suspects, both of Tuna-
puna, have since been arrested.
In the other incident, a 44-year-old
man was beaten to death during a home
invasion in Chaguanas.
Police said shortly after 2 am, Darren
Berkeley and his wife Claire Nathaniel
were tied up and tortured by two
intruders so that they would reveal the
hiding places of their valuables.
Berkeley was hit several times on the
head with a crowbar and succumbed
to his injuries on the scene.
Nathaniel, who was dealt less blows
from the men, was taken to hospital
for treatment. The suspects escaped
with a quantity of money and jewel-
ry.The murder toll for the year stood
at 41 heading into last night.
The workers' protest centred
around the performance of Ali, who
they accused of poor management,
hostility to employees and of neglect
in addressing risky safety conditions
at the hospital.
Ali, who announced her
resignation in a media release on
Saturday, said she did so to ensure
the continued delivery of health
services to the people of the area.
She said the allegations against her
are completely unfounded.
"Given the environment that has
been created by protest action and
allegations against me, which I
strongly maintain are without merit,
as well as my desire to keep the
ERHA and its mandate to deliver
good services to the public as my
top priority, I have decided that I will
stand down from my position of
chief executive officer," Ali said.
Khan, responding earlier to the
union's call for Ali's removal, had said
she did her job well.
Yesterday, Duke told the media
the union had also called for Ali's
removal from her previous positions
at the North Central Regional Health
Authority and the North West
Regional Health Authority and was
He implied a similar fate was
awaiting South West Regional
Health Authority CEO Anil Gosine if
healthcare workers in that region are
not given eight-hour shifts, shift
bonuses and two consecutive days
off for the week.
SWRHA healthcare workers, under
the PSA, have also been staging
protests against unsatisfactory work
In a separate matter, Duke said
T&T still remains under the threat of
Ebola. He had earlier called for
Carnival celebrations to be stopped,
saying it could pose an Ebola risk.
Duke said Ebola remains a threat
to T&T because Khan has been
taking it as a "laughing matter.
"Where is he? He's not around. He's
probably in Timbuktu."
Man killed during roadside argument
Friends Cher-Marie Clarke, left, Kami Allong, Rhonda Smith, Siann Charles
and Rebekah Amy Sanchez lime in the pool at the Jus Max All-inclusive
Carnival Fete at the Radisson Poolside on Saturday. PHOTO:ANDRE ALEXANDER
"We spoke with the relevant
persons at the facility and the
board. The board met with the
CEO and they came to an
understanding. Clearly, there
was a desire to ensure that the
delivery of health services
continues at the hospital,
particularly over the long
FRIENDS AND DEM
ERHA CEO resigns under union pressure...
back to work
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