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Friday, September 29, 2017
Will you be willing to house
Dominicans for six months as
suggested by Prime Minister
Dr Keith Rowley?
Although the Tobago
Regional Health Au-
thority (TRHA) is
not as mired in con-
troversy as it was at
this time last year,
the signs of an ailing management
For instance, air conditioning
units which were in dire need of
repair were only restored after
months of having to leave doors
open so the place would stay cool
and a pensioner fell over a bal-
cony at the back of the ward.
Sadly, we have become accus-
tomed to horror stories emanat-
ing from the hospital because of
what can only be perceived as
poor management from the head.
Concerns about whether the
heads are quali ied or suitable for
their jobs have always part of the
Up to last year, quali ications of
senior of icials were being ques-
tioned to the point where the
then Chief Medical Of icer (CEO)
publicly declared he was compe-
tent for the job.
His predecessor lasted only six
months, seemingly hounded out
of of ice over differences of opin-
ion with the board of directors.
All of these controversies
swirled, seemingly protected
from scrutiny, under the former
Secretary of Health who stirred
only to say that the queries were
out of her jurisdiction. All opera-
tional questions were directed to
the board and rightly so.
However, the last board of di-
rectors, whom she assisted in ap-
pointing, were also part of a wider
state of affairs embroiled in curi-
ous actions of its own.
Theirs was an era marked by
marches for salary and back pay
and over an alleged contract for
cafeteria services involving bread.
In May last year, its signature ac-
tion involved de iantly continuing
the suspension of three doctors
although the court ordered the
doctors back to work. Then the
Health Secretary stirred, ordering
the reinstatement of the profes-
sionals, but only after the Public
Services Association threatened
contempt of court proceedings
against the TRHA.
Notwithstanding the wheeling
and dealing of the TRHA of i-
cials over the years, their actions
would only be gossip fodder if it
did not trickle down to the care
We continue to grieve with the
families of Rose Gordon (Char-
lotteville) and Leciana Mitch-
ell-Sheppard (Belle Garden) and
now Glenroy George (Moriah).
Thankfully, George is still with us
though in a fragile state.
While we acknowledge death
and near death experiences at the
hospital are inevitable, we note
with despair that these cases in-
volved avoidable circumstances.
Additionally, the handling of
the information surrounding
the cases left a bitter taste in the
public's mouths as attempts were
made to suppress it. In the many
cases, circumstances surround-
ing the TRHA's actions were only
brought to the fore when the mat-
ters were pursued in court.
Thankfully, the current Health
Secretary's actions have engen-
dered a sense of hope, although at
times she uses a pickaxe to break
We really hope our trust is not
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-- Mt Thomas
If it comes to a case where I
have to do it I would do it because
these people need our help.
Keith Bobb -- Plymouth
I don't have any room by me
and I cant afford to take anyone, I
sympathise with them but things
tough right now.
Daisy Sebro -- Concordia
I hearing people saying yes
bring them we will put them to do
hard work but I don't think that's
right. I would welcome them and
treat them well because they need
Gabbi Solomon -- Hope
I will be willing to help once it's
Janelle Baird -- Union Village
I will certainly take a family as I
feel that we must help each other.
Of course, other matters like who
the family is and what they were
doing in Dominica, before the
storm, is important.
Diana Roberts -- Lambeau
I will be willing to help although
I can not help much. There must
be proper documentation as to
who is coming and we must en-
sure they leave when they are
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