Health Ministry: All Children's Life Fund applications are treated with fairness

Friday, April 7, 2017 - 14:00

The Ministry of Health says all applications under the Children's Life Fund are treated with urgency and is decided upon by the board of the Fund.

The Ministry was responding to threats made earlier in the day by attorney Gerald Ramdeen who threatened to take legal action if an application is not approved for one of his clients.

The following is a statement by the Ministry of Health:

"The Ministry of Health wishes to assure the public that the Board of Management of the Children’s Life Fund Authority, and by extension the Ministry of Health, treats all applications for a grant of funding from the Children’s Life Fund with urgency, sensitivity and fairness in accordance with the existing legal framework.

Under this administration, over fifty (50) applications for financial support via the Children’s Life Fund were approved between September 2015 and April 2017. 

The Ministry of Health is guided by the decision of the Board of Management which is supported by the Life Unit. The Life Unit conducts the clinical and financial assessments of the applications based on the criteria delineated in the Children’s Life Fund Act, Chapter 29:01.

The Ministry of Health will continue to prioritize the health and safety of the most vulnerable in society and to work diligently to offer world-class healthcare to the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago."