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Independent Senator and sen-
ior economist Dr Dhanayshar
Mahabir says it is critical to ask
why in 2013 economic growth
should be the country’s number
one economic pressing matter.
He said the growth of the econ-
omy has been problematic.
Mahabir said the period 2000
to 2008 saw rates of economic
growth that were enviable in the
developing world. He said in some
instances there was growth in
excess of five per cent. “But from
2009, we have seen growth in neg-
ative territory, stagnation, malaise,
recession and depression and we
need...if we are to proceed in
addressing our economic problems,
to really analyse the cause of this
malaise, this stagnation.
“While we argue there’s been a
positive growth in the economy, I
think members across the isles in
this honourable chamber will all
agree that there is a level of stag-
nation in the economy which we
all find unacceptable.
‘How did it arise’
Mahabir was making his con-
tribution to the budget debate in
the Senate on Friday.
Nine members contributed to
the debate. The sitting of the Sen-
ate was adjourned until tomorrow
at 10.30 am.
Mahabir said history needed to
be reviewed to determine “how
we have gotten to this point.”
He said: “An economy is not
something that is akin to a
“It has evolved over time and if
we are experiencing errors, diffi-
culties now, it has to be that there
was some good reason.”
He said when the financial crisis
emerged in September 2008, few
people held the view that the event
would have a long-term impact
on society and the economy.
“There was a view that we were
immune of the global crisis.
“Five years later we have seen
that we are no where near full
Mahabir said there was need to
examine why the error was an error
made for projecting a short recov-
ery, when in fact the signs were
there that stagnation was going to
He said from 2001 to 2008 the
budget of $13 billion grew to $18
billion in 2004 and then in 2005
to $32 billion and by 2008 the fig-
ure was $52 billion.
Independent Senator Dr Victor
Wheeler says there are some doctors
in the healthcare system who do not
know how to use a computer.
Wheeler said one or two of them
held very senior positions.
“You would have a challenge here
because what has been experienced
in one or two hospitals is a resistance
to introduce new technologies and a
new way of providing care,” he said.
Wheeler was making his contribu-
tion to the budget debate on Friday
in the Senate.
He said for digitisation of the records
to be successful there needs to be
some “serious” training at all levels.
He said some people many not have
grown up in the computer age and to
start using a computer may be a bit
difficult, however efforts need to be
made to have it done.
“Otherwise you will have some
resistance to modernisation of this
aspect of the health system,” he said.
Wheeler also spoke about amending
the Nursing and Midwives Act to
include a nurse practitioner.
He said it may have a positive effect
on the delivery of healthcare. Wheeler
called for the herbal industry to be
He said when things go wrong there
were no consequences. (RL)
Mahabir to Govt: Analyse
cause for stagnation
Wheeler: Serious training
needed for hospital staff
the tea break
at the sitting
of the Upper
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