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Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan
says there were major irregularities
in the Chronic Disease Assistance
Plan (CDAP) and there was a need
to put improved monitoring sys-
tems in place to prevent corrup-
He was speaking during yester-
day s post-Cabinet news conference
at the Office of the Prime Minister,
He said it had been discovered
that under the programme there
were a lot of "stockouts."
He said investigations found that
the majority of "stockouts" occurred
as a result of duplication, in which
one patient received the drugs more
than once a month.
There were some 600,000 pre-
scriptions for CDAP medication but
it was impossible in a population of
1.3 million to have 600,000 chron-
ically ill people.
Khan said there was a need to
establish a steering committee to
form a plan to ensure CDAP would
be more efficient and accountable.
He said consideration was being
given to the reintroduction of a smart
card for use by patients requiring
the prescribed CDAP medications.
He said the card should also be
linked to doctors to see what they
were prescribing and how often.
People could get the same pre-
scriptions from three different doc-
tors within a couple of days, he said,
but the proposed system would pick
up those events and indicate to the
purchaser that the prescription had
already been filled for that month.
He said Cabinet already had
approved the steering committee,
comprising the permanent secretary,
chief medical officer, director of
health (policy and planning), director
of finance and accounts, a repre-
sentative of the ICT department and
Khan also said the Cabinet agreed
to recruit 55 nurses from St Vincent
to help reduce the shortage of nurses.
to rein in CDAP
Former national security min-
ister Jack Warner is expected to
return to Parliament for this after-
noon s sitting of the House of
Warner said he would take up a
vantage position in the public
gallery to hear the Speaker declare
the Chaguanas West seat vacant
which he resigned as MP on April
26.He also responded to a comment
by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-
Bissessar who said on Wednesday
if any member of the United
National Congress was to contest
the Chaguanas West by-election
as an independent, he or she would
Warner said yesterday he did not
think the Prime Minister "could
have been speaking about me or
even to me when she made that
He said he did not "fit in any
one of the categories" to be expelled
from the UNC.
He said he remained a member
of the UNC and he would be
screened by the UNC.
Warner said he would not allow
himself "to respond to the Prime
Minister or anybody else in any
tit-for-tat campaign, nor will I
allow myself to have any debate
with anyone in the public about
He said he wanted to remind the
UNC of a series of events in 2001
"when Ramesh (Maharaj) broke
away from the (UNC) government,
brought it down, formed his own
party, Team Unity, and caused the
government to lose office."
He said the UNC "lost the Tuna-
puna seat by 200 votes because of
a Ramesh candidate and five years
later, Ramesh was the UNC can-
didate for Tabaquite, a seat which
Warner insisted, however, that
he had no intention of "going down
He said he was not in any way
disturbed by any threats of expul-
sion. "But if that is what the party
has for me, having put them in
Government, it is no problem."
He said he would face it if it
Meanwhile, legislators are
expected to debate The Customs
(Amendment) Bill, 2013 today.
It seeks to amend the Customs
Act, Chap 78:01 to enhance border
control by providing for advance
passenger and cargo information
to be submitted electronically to
the Comptroller of Customs and
Excise and for related matters.
It will be presented by Finance
and the Economy Minister Senator
Jack back in House today
...but in the gallery to hear seat declared vacant
Police will soon get 300 new
vehicles and more manpower which
will go towards a new Rapid
Response Unit, Prime Minister
Kamla Persad-Bissessar said yes-
Speaking at the post-Cabinet press
briefing at the Office of the Prime
Minister, St Clair, she said yesterday s
National Security Council meeting
had given approval for the Police
Commissioner to get the new vehi-
cles. This is intended to make a vehi-
cle available near each police sta-
The Police Service has been
plagued by complaints about failure
to respond quickly to situations due
to a shortage of vehicles.
Manpower for the unit and for the
Police Service in general would come
from 2,000 SRPs to be sent for train-
ing next month, she said.
The Ministry of Tertiary Educa-
tion, Science and Technology has
identified training modules that will
allow SRPs to work alongside police.
Persad Bissessar said Government
was also obtaining scanners to pin-
point how cellphones entered pris-
The scanners would operate along-
side "jammers and grabbers", equip-
ment which would jam cellphone
signals from within jails and/or inter-
cept information from them for
intelligence purposes, she added.
Persad-Bissessar said work also
was ongoing on the UN plan which
provided assistance to track weapons.
As the PM made the announce-
ments, she was sitting next to vis-
iting Grenada Prime Minister Keith
Recently-elected Mitchell said he
was visiting T&T to strengthen
Discussions between the two PMs
covered co-operation on security,
trade, education and health. T&T is
also to recruit nurses from Grenada.
The PM said Government would
undertake infrastructural work on a
segment of the coastal radar system
which T&T provided for Grenada,
St Lucia and St Vincent. She said
Government had done a lot of work
on the system in the last three years.
Mitchell said the system was run-
ning effectively and Grenada had
used it yesterday to make a major
Persad-Bissessar said Mitchell had
accepted Government s invitation to
come to T&T next month for the
visit of US Vice President, Joe Biden.
She said Mitchell was the first of
the Caricom leaders who were invit-
ed. He has agreed to attend.
She said security issues were at
the top of the agenda for the US
visit. She said T&T had not yet
signed a certain agreement with the
US which other Caricom states had.
New rapid response
unit for cops---PM
A Miami-Dade police depart-
ment bomb squad was called out
to check a suspicious package
yesterday afternoon outside the
gate of a Caribbean Airlines
(CAL) flight at Miami Interna-
Miami Airport and US aviation
authorities grounded and searched
CAL flight 483 after a ticking noise
was reportedly heard coming from
luggage aboard the aircraft, CAL
chairman Rabindra Moonan said
yesterday. An airport spokesman
said the suspicious package was
discovered around 3 pm.
Moonan said the flight was due
to leave Miami yesterday after-
noon for T&T via Kingston,
Jamaica, when the situation
As a precautionary measure avi-
ation authorities ordered passen-
gers to disembark and Concourse
J of the Miami International Air-
port was evacuated to a nearby
area as they investigated.
Moonan said some "hysteria"
ensued when one passenger
returned to the plane, apparently
to retrieve a laptop computer.
Ten flights were delayed and
two incoming flights were diverted
to other gates.
He said the owner of the suit-
case from which the ticking noise
was heard was found. Moonan
said the luggage had been trans-
ferred from another aircraft. He
said the owner told authorities
the noise was coming from a
Moonan said the CAL flight was
eventually allowed to leave and
was to land in Piarco at 11.20 last
Attempts were made to contact
CAL s corporate communications
manager Clint Williams by tele-
phone yesterday evening but he
did not reply.
Bomb squad called
to CAL's Miami gate
Miami-Dade police department bomb squad was called to check out a suspicious package on this Caribbean
Airlines plane at Miami International Airport yesterday afternoon.
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