Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 16th 2015 Contents A8
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, May 16, 2015
At a time when the behaviour of
nurses is coming under scrutiny, man-
aging training consultant Wendy Nobie
is advising them to be kind to their
Nobie, the featured speaker at the
South West Regional Health Authority
(SWRHA) Community Health Nurses
Conference at the Conference Room,
San Fernando Hill, urged nurses to be
kind to their patients.
"It s not what you say but how you
say it. When you sick the last thing you
want to see is a guff-up face," said Nobie.
"Words have a way of staying with your
Nobie, who has 30 years of experience
in the healthcare system, said it was dis-
tressing to hear nurses abusing patients.
"Once I was having lunch in my office
in Siparia and someone came to see me,
and the nurse outside my office asking
her, Your belly big again? What you
come here for again? If you have to talk
to people like that, leave the work!"
Nobie s words were greeted with loud
applause from those gathered. She
encouraged them to seek counselling for
their personal problems to ensure it did
not affect their work lives.
"No one wants their dignity and self-
worth dragged from them in exchange
for their health. When you say ugly
things to patients it stays with them.
We have to fix ourselves first. How can
you give a patient what you don t have?"
Also addressing the nurses was
SWRHA chief executive officer Anil
Gosine. He praised the nurses for their
dedication, reminding them that they
were the first line of response that
patients coming into the SWRHA
"This initial interaction by nurses
remains a major influencing factor, as
you are ideally positioned within the
healthcare system to inspire and empow-
er the persons you interact with on a
daily basis, creating positive, life-chang-
ing healthcare outcomes," he said.
Nurses were treated to a series of short
lectures on midwifery and menopause.
Nurses advised: 'Fix yourself first'
Questions were raised about the
Office of the Director of Public
Prosecutions and criticisms of
Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley
were expressed over the Emailgate
issue, at a political meeting held
by the Congress of the People
(COP) in Arouca on Thursday
The COP s political leader and
Minister of Legal Affairs, Prakash
Ramadhar, came out in full defence
of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar in the Emailgate issue.
In a release on Wednesday, Deputy
Director of Public Prosecutions Joan
Honore-Paul criticised Prime Min-
ister Kamla Persad-Bissessar for her
suggestion that she and her col-
leagues were cleared in the Emailgate
probe, saying the police were far
from done with their investigations
and the case was still wide open
She had also criticised Persad-
Bissessar for releasing contents of
reports provided to the police from
the US Department of Justice, saying
the treaty under which this infor-
mation was provided prohibited any-
one else other than the national
security parties probing the matter
from using it.
While he respected the DPP s
office, Ramadhar said, "I want to
say they get it a little bit wrong. I
dealt with these people in court and
they not superhuman. They not
beyond mistake and they not beyond
Ramadhar insisted that the PM
was right when she said the emails
were fake. He said Rowley read into
the Hansard what were "clearly fab-
"He made allegations against the
Prime Minister and other senior
office holders of conspiracy to mur-
der, conspiracy to pervert the course
"Two years after they are still
holding on to this fallacy, this fab-
rication as if it were true. He received
it and he kept it for six months with-
out telling anyone? If he believed it
what would a responsible human
being do? Not go to the police? But
he sat on it for six months. Therefore,
logically, as far as I am concerned
he did not believe it," Ramadhar said.
He said, instead, Rowley put it
before the Parliament so that the
whole world heard that the Prime
Minister and other senior govern-
ment officials conspired to do all
these "evil things."
Saying Persad-Bissessar could not
be faulted for taking steps to clear
her name, Ramadhar insisted that
search engine Google "checked and
checked but there was no such
Turning his guns on the DPP s
office, Ramadhar said, "Now I
respect the DPP s office. I respect
what they have to say but I do not
have to agree.
"As far as I recall every citizen,
man, woman and child is presumed
innocent until proven guilty. There
has not been a single charge laid
against anyone. There have been
only fabricated allegations made
against these people.
"How could it then be said that
they have not been cleared? Cleared
of what? An allegation? When in
fact it was proven to everyone there
is no such legitimacy to the emails,"
He made mention of the Calder
Hart issue, saying to date that matter
had not been resolved.
"So if we are to sit down like
cunumunu and wait and election
come and those allegations are still
hanging over the head are we not
entitled to defend ourselves?
"And I say ourselves because we
are People s Partnership, because
what affects the Prime Minister
affects us," Ramadhar said.
He also accused Rowley of chasing
former prime minister Patrick Man-
ning out of the PNM, charging that
a "mob-like" mentality had now
taken over that party.
Ramadhar: DPPs make mistakes
Featured speaker at the South West Regional Health Authority (SWRHA) Community Health Nurses
Conference, Wendy Nobie, during her presentation at the conference yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Wading in on the Police
Service, Ramadhar said it had
been some 13 years since the
case involving Sadiq Baksh
began and was still hanging in
Missiles and cocaine were
discovered in Baksh's water
tank in 2002.
"We have a long bitter history
of mischievous police action. I
am not for a moment
suggesting anything but I have
to be alert and I learnt a long
time ago if you suspect or you
smell anything going wrong put
a light on it. T&T put a light on
what is going on with that email
investigation," Ramadhar added.
He said if this was not done
then the PP Government would
go into the general election
without a conclusion to the case
by either the police or the
"You have the allegations but
you never know some charge
could emanate from it."
COP supporters during the party's public meeting at Railway Road, Arima, on Thursday night.
PHOTO: MARCUS GONZALES
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