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Recently I suffered a black-
out and, as was previously
advised by our cardiolo-
gist, my wife contacted the
emergency ambulance service
from the San Fernando General
In spite of clear instructions,
it took quite a while for it to
locate our residence at Bel Air,
La Romaine. The ambulance
arrived with a driver and a
young woman to take notes.
With the assistance of neigh-
bours I was placed in it. I
vaguely remember arriving at
the hospital, but there were
doctors readily available to
attend to me.
I was given an electrocardio-
gram and X-ray and by 11 pm
an ultrasound and CAT scan.
Nothing positive was dis-
cerned from these tests and I
was sent to the waiting room
until a vacant bed became
available in an appropriate
ward. However, I spent about 15
hours waiting, sitting on a chair
before a bed was available in
the neurological ward.
Having settled in the ward,
one couldn t ask for better care
and attention than what I
received from all of the medical
and nursing staff. Patients are
monitored 24/7 and one had to
admire the degree of enthusi-
asm shown by all staff, espe-
cially the nurses.
After a week I was sent home
and assigned to a clinic for fur-
ther investigation as my ail-
ment had still not been
On the downside, I think
there should be a review of the
menus for patients meals.
Serving food without cutlery is
not desirable. I saw no fruit
during the time I was there.
There are other vegetables
besides rice, bodi, lentils and
melongene. No cassava, no
eddoes, no plantain, no pump-
Additional handrails are
needed, especially in the bath-
However, when all is said and
done, the good far outweighed
Note: Vending in the corri-
dors with soft drinks, etc,
should cease immediately.
Professionals are under heavy at-
tack at government ministries
and citizens must speak up and stop
Firstly, professionals are subjected
to contract labour for one, two or
three years. When the contract ends
they are made to wait for days or
months before they are re-con-
Secondly, even if some are re-con-
tracted they are re-employed on a
month to month basis without any
sort of leave or gratuity.
Thirdly, they are unable to get
loans to either purchase vehicles
which they must use if they are trav-
elling officers, or get a mortgage
Fourthly, they are being replaced
by others who were given scholar-
ships by the government and even
though they were not subjected to
the recruitment process.
Fifthly, professionals are now
being asked to pay their own PAYE,
NIS and health surcharge. The latter
is certainly illegal since the employer
has a duty to pay part of the NIS;
PAYE must be paid by the employer
if one earns more than $5,000;
health surcharge is a government
tax.Contract employees are not repre-
sented by the labour unions and so
they feel powerless to act.
They are stressed to the maxi-
mum whenever their contracts come
to an end because their future is un-
Many among them have mort-
gages, bills, children to send to
school and feed, etc. Is there a won-
der there are so many mental health
issues in this country?
People, wake up, start doing
something for yourself instead of
begging the same government that
wants you to remain enslaved.
There was a most pertinent editorial in
the T&T Guardian some time last
week concerning the proposed joint ap-
proach of the PNM and UNC leaders with
regard to the current spate of crime in
With both parties having failed miser-
ably in the past, have they any new ideas
to bring to the table together?
As the editorial suggested, go to the
NGOs and other agencies working in the
area, analyse their records and achieve-
ments and act accordingly. Support
those who have succeeded, let them lead
Servol has been there since 1971 when
Fr Gerry Pantin and Wes Hall walked up
the Hill and asked a group of limers,
"What do you need?" The rest is history.
In the 40 years since, Servol has estab-
lished itself as one of the world's most
successful methods of helping the dis-
possessed. Their centres cover from pre-
school to careers in every field of trade
and computer usage.
Bill Gates is one of their benefactors
among many world charities. Their Ado-
lescent Development Programme ap-
proach at secondary school level is
Servol is not, repeat not, a Roman
Catholic organisation. All religions and
creeds are respected. What is taught, be-
sides a trade, is a sense of values and
self-esteem. Their records are audited
and every cent accounted for.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar and Minister Keith Rowley, get in
touch with Sister Ruth Montrichard of
Servol and let her help you with this
huge problem. You have the money and
she has the experience.
Please publish for the public record a griev-
ous inaccuracy, published in a story written
by Gail Alexander, and so published in your
paper of August 3, at Page A7.
It was stated therein that I was among cer-
tain members of both houses of Parliament
who went over, greeted and/or congratulated
Mr Jack Warner, MP, at the ceremonial opening
of the said Parliament on August 2.
May I state that this is wholly untrue. Fur-
ther, one cannot even imagine the premise
upon which this inaccuracy was based, since
"our eyes did not even make four" as is often
said, in the vernacular.
Was this a genuine error? Was it a journal-
The whole "Jack Warner Show" is a matter
of great sadness to me and I find nothing in it,
or him, worthy of my congratulations. Selah.
Fitzgerald E Hinds
Editor's note: Our apologies to Mr
Hinds for suggesting that he greeted Mr
Warner. It was indeed a genuine error
on our part.
HIGHS AND LOWS OF THE
Hinds: I did not meet or greet Warner
Contract workers being treated unfairly
Servol can show the way
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