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Appointments for four out-
patient clinics at the Port-of-
Spain General Hospital will be
rescheduled after the clinics'
roof collapsed recently --- but
emergency attention can be
obtained at other health facil-
ities, Health Minister Terrence
Deyalsingh has assured.
Deyalsingh gave details while
replying to Opposition questions
on the closure of the four clinics at
the hospitals on Tuesday.
He said they were closed be-
cause rains from the recent passage
of tropical storm Bret caused the
roof in the clinic areas to leak and
the roof collapsed.
Deyalsingh made it clear that
outpatient clinics are not for
emergency treatment but are for
persons who have to have routine
follow-up checks after surgery and
"No patient is being disad-
vantaged and there's no crisis. If
someone has an emergency, they
can go to the hospitals Accident and
Emergency Unit, St James or any
health centre," he added.
Deyalsingh said inspection of
the roof will be done and he would
know later on what the status of
the situation was and what needed
to be done . He couldn't say when
repairs would be completed until
all information is obtained.
On other Opposition queries,
Agriculture Minister Clarence
Rambharat said praedial larceny
squads would be paying particu-
lar attention to produce being sold
at markets and roadside stalls to
ensure crops stolen from farms
affected by recent floods, aren't
being sold to the public. Ramb-
harat said the squad has increased
its usual interaction, with vendors,
seeking documents to prove that
goods they're selling are bona fide.
Roofs of outpatients clinics blown off after Bret..
Minister: Appointments rescheduled Crime did not start
Crime did not start increasing as soon as the
PNM came into Government.
It is something successive governments have been
burdened with and removing ministers of national
security will not make an impact on crime either. So
said Agriculture Minister Clarence Rambharat during
his contribution to the debate on a motion brought
by UNC Senator Wayne Sturge on the unacceptable
level of crime in T&T.
Rambharat said he "violently disagreed" with the
firing of ministers of national security which Sturge
presented as his first short term solution to alleviating
crime. Responding to Sturge's charge that crime from
September 2015 began increasing until it has gotten to
an uncontrollable level, Rambharat said he had heard
statements that whenever the PNM is in power crime
increases. But this was not something borne out by
data, he said.
He said from 1999, crime and allocations to agen-
cies dealing with it have been increasing. Rambharat
said in 2005 there was an average of one murder a day
with $8 million allocated to national security. At the
same time $5 million was allocated to social services.
By 2006, allocations to social services had jumped to
$13 million while the amount given to national security
remained the same. In 2011, $13 million of taxpayers'
money was given to national security and $29 million
to social services.
Rambharat said notwithstanding the large budget-
ary allocations to national security over the years, the
police have not gotten more efficient. He said Sturge
brought the motion on Valentine's Day 2017 and it
being a day of love he sat and enjoyed the Opposition
Senator'spresentation. He said he agreed with parts of
it and disagreed with parts. Wearing a constant unchar-
acteristic smile on his face while he spoke, Rambharat
said he agreed with Sturge's suggestion that legislation
be introduced to speed up firearms cases. "I don't think
anybody would take objection to that."
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