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.