Letters & Opinion

Two Wrongs Don’t Make a Right

By Ulric W. Price
Image of an incomplete St. Jude Hospital

THE old saying that two wrongs don’t make a right still exists, but further, one should never consider remaining wrong and strong.

We have carefully reviewed the contents of the new leader of the opposition on more than one occasion castigating the current administration in regard to the state of the St. Jude Hospital and it is so sad to see an individual reciting the wishes of his former boss without analyzing the economic reality and repercussions.

By the admission of his former boss work at the St. Jude Hospital never stopped in 4 years despite the short fall of funding, but this wasteful principle is what landed the SLP administration in real trouble as trades men don’t work for free and therein lay the reason why the facility was not completed in four years.

Every project needs to be well planned prior to commencement and the three prongs for success are as follows: ADEQUATE DRAWINGS, DCA APPROVAL AND FIANCNING. These are the three pillars to ensure the consequent completion.

By all information at hand, none of those requirements were met and that resulted in a calamity of class. Our dear leader of the opposition has been reliably informed that the same situation at St. Jude Hospital remains at that stage and disbursing any funds in that direction will be an abuse on public funds.

The leader’s vociferous demands in parliament and his threats on political platforms serve no purpose.

The leader needs to assume his position in a professional and realistic manner to appreciate the fact that two wrongs don’t make a right and ensure that once the project commences, it will be completed whether it is by way of a brand new construction or a restructuring of the existing premises.

The fact that 17 months have gone by and no physical action has taken place is sad, but at least sufficient thought and planning has been ongoing with professionals to ensure that another wrong does not repeat itself.

The construction of the hospital requires professionalism within that field and no administration should take on such an intricate project on its own especially in an ad hoc manner which is what the former administration attempted.

There is no doubt that the people of the south need a facility, but where were those 11,000 supposed signatories that the opposition leader claimed to be in the possession of between 2011 and 2016?

This question is not to be regarded as political, but the response is a reality and the reality is INSSUFFICEINT FUNDING, NO PLANNING AND NO DCA APPROVAL.

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