Leader of the Opposition, Lennox Linton has called on the government to refrain from being biased and afford necessary solutions to all constituencies.
“You cannot continue to be focusing attention on the constituencies that voted for Labour,” he said, in Parliament on Wednesday, in his response to the 2016/2017 budget which was presented on Tuesday.
In light of the recent closure of the Marigot Hospital due to an infestation of mold and fungus, he claimed that in the budget estimate for this year, “the government provides for the design and preparation work at the Marigot Hospital $300,000. And then it says it will also spend $1.2-million on retrofitting the temporary accommodation for the Marigot Hospital.”
However, Linton said that the government has “neglected and abandoned” the Marigot Hospital, and insisted that “at least $3-million” will be needed for proper rehabilitation of the institution, and another $15-million for the construction of a new hospital facility.
The MP also stated that “not one cent was spent” of the money in the 2014/2015 budget which was allocated for the rehabilitation of the Marigot Hospital was spent accordingly.
He referred to this as one of the Dominica Labour Party’s (DLP) “attempts to fool the people.”
Linton went on to say that in December 2015, Health Minister, Kenneth Darroux presented him with plans for a new hospital in the northern constituency, including a steering committee, three proposed sites by the district health team, and designs.
During the presentation of the 2016/2017, on Tuesday, at the First Meeting of the Second Session of the Ninth Parliament, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, announced that “designs for the Marigot Hospital will be formulated.”
The Marigot Hospital was previously shut down, in 2014, because of a severe termite infestation.
In June 2016, Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux stated that he did not want to turn the problems at the Marigot Hospital into a political issue, and expressed the DLP’s commitment to building a new hospital in Marigot.
Darroux stated that $1-million is allocated for the renovation of the present building.