OPPOSITION ADOPTS WAIT AND SEE APPROACH AS NEW MEDICAL AND DENTAL ASSOC. EXEC. PREPARES TO MEET GOVERNMENT

Chairman of the opposition St. Lucia Labour Party Moses Jn. Baptiste says the Party is waiting to see how interactions between the new Executive of the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association and the Government play out. The relationship between the previous Executive and the Prime Minister was a contentious one. The association and the government were often at odds over how the island’s health care crisis should be addressed. Similarities between the association and the opposition in their views on the subject lead to the association members being accused of having a political agenda.

Dr. Merle Clarke is the new President of the St Lucia Medical & Dental Association (SLMDA).

A Nephrologist by profession, Dr. Merle Clarke, heads an eleven-member Medicall and Dental Association Executive comprised of eight women medical and dental practitioners, considered a forward step for the Association. The new Executive was elected at the SLMDA’s Annual General  Meeting  on Saturday, March 30th, 2019. The previous executive was at logger heads with the Government after the Government cited structural issues at the St. Jude Reconstruction site referring to  this as one of the main reasons for the delay in opening the new Hospital

The St. Lucia Labour Party in   wishing  the new executive well believes that the  doctors  are well trained and have the capacity to serve St. Lucia well.  If they continue to perform creditably according to the SLP  their work will  benefit  all St. Lucians

Mr. Jn. Baptiste says his party is now waiting to see how the Association interacts with the various organizations especially the Government. In the mean time he says the SLP will give the Association its support

Dr. Clarke succeeds Dr. Alphonsus St Rose, who automatically stays on the new Executive as Immediate-Past President.

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