To vote for a party who takes my health and that of others and a parliamentary opposition who has offered no alternatives albeit they were the ones when in power made public health care free but this PNP administration who opposed the change cannot go back to charging as popularity hinges near.
Given also last week’s development by the Justice Minister and bating the CCJ with the awful homophobia on the hook just shows us how desperate this administration is and will grab at anything to win this election as their ass is on the line. Given the one term curse that affected the JLP in the 2011 race breaking years of tradition of multiple wins by incumbent administrations I am sure the PNP is worried and rightfully so, their performance overall is abysmal. Also see: Justice Minister exploits homophobia to gain CCJ support
Mrs Simpson Miller did not fire Ferguson from the cabinet but it amounts to a demoting as he is now or will be another ministry; The Labour & Social Security. If she had fired Ferguson she would have essentially ushered the JLP’s Delano Sevreight into the seat and he has been placing a lot of pressure on Ferguson. The PM has to balance prime ministerial and local especially this close to an election and given the polls and the statistical dead heats added to the apathy or disillusionment from younger persons this move by her (suspected directed by P. J Patterson behind the scenes) is crucial.
Dr Alfred Dawes of the Medical Doctor’s Association of Jamaica, MAJ had told us several of the findings which led to the so called audit being ordered when the Minister and such knew of this from May2015. Can we continue with the Chief Medical Officer, CMO Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse and the Permanent Secretary Dr Kevin Harvey with the regional health authorities; where were they when they were needed? Worse yet the regional heads told the nation in an arrogant statement that our system was the envy of the world and that they (appointed and serving at the Ministers’ pleasure) were confident in him as the Minister but apparently the PM now sees things otherwise. Dr Andre Cook from SERHA, Michael Stewart from SRHA, Mr Gordon from NERHA and Calvin Brown from Western region in my eyes cannot stay as they have made their tenure problematic by that press release of theirs.
Dr Marion Bullock Ducasse is in a very difficult place right now as two of her points at that Jamaica House press briefing with support from the tacky Minister of Information Sandrea Falconer contradict the very audit reports now in the public domain. She indicated no infection outbreak was mentioned in the audit report; she is also contradicted by the former chief of staff of UHWI where she indicated that correspondence sent to her on September 7 did not mention a current outbreak but the letters read on air by the former CMO Professor McCartney of UHWI clearly says there was a current outbreak at the time.
One would have thought that several of the items barring the use of the term or word ‘outbreak’ the findings were damning including the reuse of what should be one use items or disposables. The report is screaming that it was a disaster waiting to happen. Not to mention possible law suits.
How did we get to this awful stage in our health services?
What has cabinet been up to or alert the relevant persons to the management decline obviously here?
The regional authorities in this decentralised system, the systems have a colossal failure in the management systems; what are they discussing in meetings or planning?
Who is monitoring the systems that simple things can go so bad and blatant shortages?
This is not just resources but management failure; this audit must be used as a baseline and include some monitoring at the civil society level and in house similarly to the EPOC to establish how to improve and maintain or evaluations when needed. Audits need to become periodic. Have any prior audits available and what did those audits reveal? We also need to unpack the regional authorities of the political hacks who clearly have no capacity to think clearly and manage their portfolios for effective service and results. What is even more disturbing to me is the governance overall, it took so long for the Prime Minister to act after bring effectively cornered.
Why the Attorney General’s office is is being or was being used to frustrate the public and media in simply seeking information or truth? Follow up is so needed now and not let this slack off again but we are not a good nation or have a culture of vigilance or follow up. Nobody should be allowed to enter parliament after this election on some half baked nonsense to suggest to just elect them and all will be well.
also see: Letter Of The Day: Holness' Crime Rhetoric Reckless, Pathetic (Gleaner Nov 4)
and Ian Boyne: The Uncommitted And The Election (Gleaner)