Minority Council supports petition to remove health secretary

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 17:30

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