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Foreign Firms Vie To Manage OKEU Hospital

Image: Aerial view of the Dr. Owen King-EU Hospital. [PHOTO: Bill Mortley]

THE Owen King-European Union Hospital (OKEUH) will not be managed by a team of locals when it becomes fully operational, hopefully by the end of this year.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the disclosure recently, stating that government has been in discussion with several overseas organizations to manage and operate the hospital.

“Several groups have put proposals together that we are looking at,” Chastanet said.

Chastanet said a Canadian firm, one from the Cayman Islands — called Health City –, a French group and others have all had discussions with government relating to managing and operating the OKEU Hospital.

The hospital will be operated as a statutory body, very similar to St. Jude Hospital.

The Prime Minister wants a new culture of service at the OKEU Hospital and seems adamant that what transpires at Victoria Hospital will not obtain in the new hospital.

“I do not believe in taking all the staff from Victoria and taking them to the OKEUH is going to solve the problem,” he said.

He described the operating procedures at St. Jude Hospital and Victoria Hospital as night and day, explaining that St. Jude ensures that it receives its money from patients billed while at Victoria Hospital that is not the case.

“The culture that obtains at St. Jude is much better in terms of its own sustainability,” Chastanet said.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio…

4 Comments

  1. The one thing this man Chastanet does and does extremely well is belittle St. Lucians. He did it with the budget and is intent on doing it again with the new hospital. What next Mr chastanet?

    1. You seems to be mistaking the current PM with Kenny and Tony… I wonder what rock you were living under during the last administration, all of a sudden you’re suffering from amnesia.

  2. La nuit silencieuse.

    Dans la nuit,
    silencieuse
    comme une
    feuille désolée,
    j’écoute le
    sourire qui vient
    tendrement en
    donnant la
    lumière.

    Francesco Sinibaldi

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