The people of St John are “downright angry” and their MP is “displeased” at the length of time it is taking to complete the polyclinic in their rural constituency.
Parliamentary representative for St John Mara Thompson made that clear to Minister of Health John Boyce and her colleagues in the House of Assembly as the discussion on health began tonight in the debate on the 2015/2016 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure.
And she has told Boyce she is expecting the doors of the polyclinic in the Glebe, St John to open by the end of June.
Her comments came after the Health Minister reported that Government had reached an arrangement that would see the multimillion-dollar health care institution delivered to the people of St John “in very short order”.
He said he had briefed Thompson on the development this morning.
The St John MP said: “We [the minister and I] had a good long talk this morning and I can’t say that anybody in St John is any less angry but . . . I am pleased to hear that we are looking to get back on course and get this project completed by mid-2015.”
“That still does not give me a definite date but I shall therefore give the minister a date of June 30, 2015 and hold him to it. Your word is your bond, sir, and I wish you to complete this project by that time,” she added.
During her contribution, the St John MP also hit out at the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for its criticism of the project.
And while the Opposition was insisting that the Democratic Labour Party had halted it, she said the BLP could have restarted it.
She also challenged Shadow Minister of Health Dr Maria Agard for suggesting that the St John Polyclinic was not a necessity.
However, rising on a point of order, Dr Agard insisted that she had made no such contention.
“What I said was that when you look at efficiencies, considering the length of time it has taken to complete the St John Polyclinic, I questioned whether it would not have been better to distribute those funds to the building out of the other polyclinics at this time,” the BLP parliamentarian insisted.
“I also went on to state that if there was a fundamental problem that was preventing the polyclinic from its completion that the Minister should let us know as we look forward to the completion and the functionality of that polyclinic.”
However, Thompson responded by saying that if money was redirected from the polyclinic project that would effectively mean it would not materialize.