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Natasha Richardson, who was
awarded $75,000 and reinstatement at
her former job as an enrolled nursing
assistant at the Mt Hope Women s Hos-
pital, said nothing could compensate
for what she suffered for over six years.
Richardson, the mother of two, said
since she was dismissed in May 2007
she has not been able to find work to
help maintain her family.
"It was a difficult period to get
through. I was interviewed by different
regions (of the Health Ministry) and
medical institutions. I was even hired in
some cases but was eventually turned
down because of the court matter."
The Public Services Association took
the North Central Regional Health
Authority to court on behalf of Richard-
son and Janice Charles, the other nurse
who was dismissed after newborn baby
Justin Paul was burnt after he was
wrapped in a blanket with a hot water
bottle at the hospital.
Richardson and Charles were on duty
at the time.
"I was never gainfully employed for
over six years. I depended solely on my
husband, a TSTT worker," Richardson
said in a telephone interview yesterday.
She spent most of the time at home
with her children and occupied her time
studying different subjects in a bid to
She said she was pleased with the
Industrial Court judgment and looked
forward to returning to nursing which
"I have been given an opportunity to
go back and build my career," she added.
Richardson said the burns suffered by
baby Justin were "truly unfortunate"
and no parent should have to go through
something like that.
But she insisted she had no part in
the child s injury.
"I felt I was treated unfairly. The public
knew I was fired before me."
Even though she got a job at the East-
ern Regional Health Authority, Charles
said she was unemployed for four years
"I had a good challenge. I was not
looking for work because I knew it would
have been difficult to get a job. I used
up all my savings and I had to start from
scratch," she added. (YB)
Fitzgerald Hinds yesterday
gave details of how he
acquired his Maraval home
but at the same time called
on his accuser, Attorney
General Anand Ramlogan,
to disclose how he bought
several multi-million dollar
properties and a new cus-
tom-built Range Rover val-
ued at $1.6 million.
Hinds said he had written
to the Integrity Commission
on July 29 about Ramlogan s
new vehicle, a Range Rover
V8, which carried the regis-
tration number PCX 2.
Speaking at a press con-
ference, at the Office of the
Opposition Leader, Charles
Street, Port-of- Spain, Hinds
said he was willing to make
all records available in relation
to his house and called on
Ramlogan to do the same
with respect to his multi-
million-dollar properties and
new Range Rover.
Hinds says his Hillsboro,
Maraval, house was built from
hard work, sacrifice and no
Ramlogan told Parliament
last week Hinds was a
"mocking pretender" who
owned a posh house in Hills-
boro worth $14 million but
never allowed his constituents
to visit him and swim in his
Hinds said yesterday he
had bought the house
through "sweat, hard work
and prayer on the part of my
family and I."
He said he started working
in 1976 when he became a
police officer and was sub-
sequently an insurance sales-
man, lawyer and politician.
He was elected an MP in 1995
and was a junior minister in
a former government for
almost four years.
Hinds said he and his wife
purchased a piece of land in
1998 at Lot 11, Barry Avenue,
Hillsboro, and the transaction
was consummated in May
2001, via a loan from Eastern
Credit Union. He said the
land was then mortgaged in
"It took all of six years for
me to construct that home.
That home is still incom-
plete," he added. Hinds said
the so-called pool at his
home was "still incomplete.
I now have no swimming
He said he purchased a
commercial property on
Abercromby Street, Port-of
Spain, to house his law offices
and the loan for that property
was also from the Eastern
Credit Union. Hinds said it
was acquired in 2004 and the
loan was repaid two months
He said he bought a Prado
SUV while he was a junior
minister, which was paid for
with a loan from the Parlia-
ment, then sold it in 2007 to
finish building his house,
which was completed in
He pointed out that an
Opposition MP was entitled
to continue his practice and
he did that unfailingly.
Four months ago, through
a loan from the Parliament,
he purchased "a posh
Cayenne vehicle" and that
loan was now being serviced
through the Parliament, he
Hinds said the Eastern
Credit Union, First Citizens
and the Parliament had full
details of the transactions and
the bank and the credit union
have been authorised to
"make available any or all of
these records any time to any
authorised police officer and
any authorised officer of the
He added that all the prop-
erties had been consistently
declared to the Integrity
Commission on an annual
basis but he had not declared
the Cayenne yet because he
acquired it this year.
He said the AG, with the
help of a few strange friends
in the media, made the state-
ment to deflect questions
raised about the management
of his ministry.
Attorney General Anand
Ramlogan in response said
yesterday his statement in
Parliament last week had
nothing to do with the cost
or value of Hinds house but
related to the "humble public
image he portrayed which
was inconsistent with his life
with the elite at Hillsboro.
Ramlogan said Hinds had
asked youths in Laventille,
Duncan Street, Nelson Street,
Besson Street and Diego Mar-
tin to reject book bags and
other school supplies from
the United National Congress
youth arm, while refusing to
invite them to his Maraval
home and offer them a meal.
On his new car, Ramlogan
said he has repeatedly spoken
about it publicly and was
"always happy to co-operate
with any investigation on the
He said he never made any
allegation of corruption
against Hinds in his state-
ment in Parliament.
Hinds: I worked hard
to build my house
Two nurses who were dismissed in
2007 after newborn baby Justin Paul
was burnt with a hot water bottle at
the Mt Hope Women s Hospital have
been awarded a total of $425,000 by
the Industrial Court yesterday.
Handing down judgment in the matter
between the Public Services Association
(PSA) and the North Central Regional
Health Authority (NCRHA), industrial
court member Vernon E Ashby ordered
that Natasha Richardson should be
awarded $75,000 and reinstated into the
position from which she was dismissed
or one similar to it.
Richardson, the mother of two, from
Fyzabad, was then an Enrolled Nursing
Assistant (ENA) when she was dismissed
by the NCRHA.
In a telephone interview after the court
ruling, Richardson said she remained
unemployed for over six years and the
pending court matter caused potential
employers to turn her down.
The other nurse, Janice Charles, who
was a nursing assistant when she was
dismissed, was awarded $350,000 in
Charles, from Sangre Grande, was re-
employed in January 2011, four years
after her dismissal, with the Eastern
Regional Health Authority. She did not
seek reinstatement at her former job at
the Mt Hope Women s Hospital.
The nurses dismissal was announced
by former health minister John Rahael
during a post-Cabinet media briefing in
May 2007. The announcement came
about a month after the baby s parents
complained publicly about the negligence
at the hospital.
"The nurse who instructed the ENA
to put the waterbag next to the baby
without proper protection obviously was
negligent," Rahael said then.
Justin, one of twin boys born prema-
turely on April 17, was burnt after a hot
water bottle, wrapped in a towel, was
placed in his incubator to keep him
Ashby yesterday recalled his first judg-
ment in the matter on February 1 which
found the nurses dismissals to be unfair.
PSA s attorney Anthony Bullock said
it was a good award handed down by
the Industrial Court.
In response to the court s ruling Health
Minister Dr Fuad Khan in a telephone
interview yesterday, commended the
union for standing behind the nurses
and called on the RHAs to follow due
process and "not succumb to TV-show
Khan said people went on television
and called on government ministers to
fire people without due process but the
judgment showed what could happen
in the long run. He said the nurses were
disciplined without a fair hearing.
What happened to
The court s February judgment said
the undisputed facts were that on April
17, 2007, Richardson and Charles were
working the night shift at the Neo-natal
Intensive Care Unit at the Mt Hope
Women s Hospital.
At 2.10 am the Paul twins were admit-
ted to the unit and as part of their treat-
ment, warm saline bags were used to
maintain their body temperature.
At 5.30 am, a doctor discovered a burn
on Justin s upper and lower arm. Accord-
ing to the judgment, it was clarified in
court that one of the twins assigned to
Richardson did not suffer injury.
It said Charles admitted it was she
who attended to Justin.
She said she unwrapped the baby from
the blanket with the hot water bottle
keeping him warm for a technician to
do an X-ray.
She said she had to step out of the
cubicle during the X-ray for Justin and
his brother and when she re-entered she
found Justin had already been re-
wrapped. She said she did not know
who re-wrapped him.
Two fired nurses in
burnt-baby case get $.4m
Industrial Court: Dismissals unfair
'It was six years of suffering'
Natasha Richardson with her husband, Clyde Elder, and son Tariq in San Fernando
yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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