New Minister of Health John Boyce is looking forward to carrying out his new duties.
Speaking after taking the oath of office before Governor-General Sir Elliott Belgrave at Government House this morning, Boyce said he intended to immediately consult with the officials in his ministry, as well as those at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital before commenting in detail.
The former Minister of Transport and Works told reporters one of his concerns was the abandonment of elderly patients at the QEH. However, he noted that the matter had now been solved.
In a brief interview, Boyce said he was ready to take up the critical portfolio of health, having succeeded Donville Inniss, who is now the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development.
Boyce was among 14 members of the 17-member Freundel Stuart Cabinet who were sworn-in this afternoon.
Re-appointed Minister of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries, Dr. David Estwick, was absent, with Prime Minister Stuart telling reporters at the end of the ceremony that Estwick was under the weather and would be sworn-in at a later date.
The Prime Minister and Attorney-General Adriel Brathwaite took the oath of office about a week ago. (EJ)