Government has promised to accelerate its effort to restore the Queen Elizabeth Hospital as the premier health care institution in the Caribbean – and will construct a new hospital.
In the Throne Speech delivered earlier today, Government promised to restructure the management system for polyclinics and open the new, fully functioning polyclinic in St. John – The David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex – and further promised to pursue an analytical, people-centred and solutions-oriented approach to the challenges in the health sector.
“Renewed attention will be placed on chronic non-communicable diseases, and efforts will be continued apace to implement programmes to strengthen the quality and delivery of primary health care, as well as emphasising preventative health care.
“My Government will pay special attention to the elderly, a category of persons that have made an indelible contribution to the country over the years in many areas. Amongst other things, it will subsidise home modifications to cater to the safety of the elderly through a new programme the EASE – The Enhancement for Active Seniors Programme,” read Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave.
Government also stated that each household with an elderly member will be “entitled to a tax credit of up to $2,000 for approved safety modifications”. (NC)