Minority councillor Dr Faith B Yisrael believes the petition for the removal of secretary for Health Dr Agatha Carrington from office shows that Tobagonians are not in agreement with certain failures in the health sector on the island.
Speaking at the Minority Council’s news conference yesterday, Yisrael said due to Tobago’s population size, the number of signatures garnered speak volumes and should be respected
“Given that we are in Tobago where we have sixty thousand people on the island, I think 3,000 people signing a petition says something.
“It says that Tobagonians, the average person on the ground, sees at least one of the components of this larger system is not working the way it should and if you listen to the people who are within the healthcare system, the dedicated, hardworking medical professionals, you would recognise that they are not wrong when they say that, that component, that single component, really has a lot to do with why the system is not working” she said.
Commenting on the task force to be established by chief secretary Kelvin Charles to investigate the shortcomings of the health sector in Tobago, Yisrael questioned the validity of the process.
“Who are these members? Is it going to be a group of people who are competent, who knows about what the healthcare system is supposed to look like and is not partisan, because if this task force is to work, it needs to answer critical questions, so we need to have the chief secretary know that we are not happy with just the announcement of a task force and an announcement of an investigation, because we have heard that before” she said.
She said the current situation of the healthcare delivery system in Tobago has been the worst ever experienced.
However, she said no single entity should be blamed for the failures.
“By no means are we saying that this is any single entity’s fault, because we know that the healthcare system, like any other system, is made up of parts working together and if any of those components don’t work the way they should, then the entire system is going to fall down” she said. (CTf)
Reporter: Casandra Thompson-Forbes