Dr. Darroux says nursing service ‘fast nearing critical levels’

Dr. Darroux has pledged government support for nurses on the island

Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has said that the nursing service in Dominica is ‘fast nearing critical levels’ but some people are making it appear worse than it is and has pledged government support for staff of the Ministry of Health.

He said he met with nurses recently where their concerns were discussed.

“Just to reassure Dominicans, I think the situation with the nursing attrition, yes it is serious … you know some people are making it appear to be so grave, okay, yes, it is fast nearing critical levels …” he stated on a recent radio program.

Officials at the Ministry of Health have raised concerns over the exodus of nurses from Dominica after Hurricane Maria.

According to figures from the ministry, some 14 nurses including retirees departed the island since the hurricane.

In 2017, a total of 14 nurses including retirees also left the island.

This is a total of 28 nurses and officials fear this could have an impact on health services on the island.

The Dominica Nurses Association has blamed the government for “nurses leaving Dominica in droves”.

“We are very disturbed by what appears to be the inability of the Ministry of Health and by extension, government after government after government, to make the healthcare environment more positive, attractive and caring enough to retain adequate numbers of home-educated nurses,” the association said.

Dr. Darroux said he recently met with a wide cross-section of nurses at the Princess Margaret Hospital and they said money was not the issue.

“While I would have met with some of the nurses and I will speak to a meeting I had with them, some of them individually,” he stated. “They told me no it is not about the money, yes it is about the money. No one is going to hold it against you if you feel that for economic reasons that you have to leave but sometimes it is more about money and I think it is one of these classic cases.”

He described the meeting as good and cordial “where we would have listened to them.”

“They would have been given the opportunity to express their concerns openly, frankly, respectably and we would have taken cabinet decisions for some immediate measures that will bring some sort of relief for some 0f the little things that they’ve been asking for,” he stated.

Darroux pointed out that the night nourishment or on-call allowance was increased from $20 to $40 per night.

“They’ve also been asking for a one-time uniform allowance, meaning that a number of homes were destroyed, completely blown away by Hurricane Maria and with that would have gone their uniforms, so we have approved, if I recall correctly, $500 one time allowance, so that they can restock,” he stated.

He also said there has been an increase on on-call and call allowances for specialist nurses such as Family Nurse Practitioners and other specialized nurses.

“There were a number of issues that were brought on the table, a number of them are issues we can solve from an administrative point of view, like transportation and some of these other issues,” Darroux said.

In terms of salary increase for nurses, the Health Minister said that matter is a more ‘intense one.’

“The issue of salary increases is a much bigger one, a much more intense one, as I told them frankly that I as the Minister of Health cannot come and tell you that I am going to give you an increase in salary,” he remarked.

He argued that there must be a serious discussion on salary increase because although nursing is an essential service, there are also other essential services.

“So we have to look, as I said, at the bigger picture but I have to commend those of you who have decided to stay and those of you who are putting your all into it,” Dr. Darroux said.

He also said a proper plan must be put in place because “we need to have a fresh stock of nurses to replace those who feel the need to leave our shores.”

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  1. DA citizen
    April 22, 2018

    can someone explain to me why are all these areas failing but them politicians shinning ,who is going to take care of the people . Joseph Isaac please help us out . You told us that an school teacher shouldn’t be the finance minister please hurry and take that from Mr . Do the Job that they cannot do , we are waiting . Things will get better with JI……..

    • Me
      April 23, 2018

      Cubans will do. all about nurses, which i understand.
      Who said x-ray radiology services were critical when about 5 Dominicans x-ray tech and 1 radiology assistant resigned and were replaced by Cubans.

  2. Jonathan Y St Jean
    April 22, 2018

    Mr. Darroux, if by your own admission you are stating that the nursing shortage is approaching critical levels then why don’t you focus on the solutions you and your colleagues and technicians have put forward to tackle the issue, instead you want to attempt to change the subject and focus instead on those you perceive to be making the situation appear worse than it is.Do you Dr. Darroux understand the meaning of the word critical, especially when it relates to the health of a country.Man, go back to sleep and your governmen too.For 18 years all you can show is failure at every level and you want to blame others.This critical situation did not arise overnight but festered unaddressed by you for a number of years.Let’s get straight to the point that having a university degree is not in and of itself a guarantee for good effective leadership and management especially at the national level.The terrible results seen so far and crises in the country is all in your court.

  3. Fed up
    April 22, 2018

    As a foreigner to this island I came here many years ago after the Lord called me here to serve a small village here on the island. For years. Have worked extremely hard to be certain I don’t injure myself here because the horror stories I have listened to over the years left me fearful of seeking healthcare on the island. My husband is a Dominican and his mother recently passed last year I believe the uneducated and poorly trained nurses at the castle Bruce health center killed my husbands mother. She otherwise had no health complaints except a bad knee she went in feeling Ill complaining of chest pains and trouble breathing. Imagine these so called “nurses” put my mother in law on a drip !!!??? They gave her more fluids then her little body could handle and guess what these lazy nurses did? They sent the woman back home instead of the pmh in town and guess what? She lasted the next day then was rushed to pmh where they learned she was too full of fluids she died that week.

  4. Niceness
    April 21, 2018

    I am disappointed in your incoherent responses. Are you Ok? What else is missing for you to see the situation as critical. Sometimes 2 nurses do a shift…yes we are there already.

    Essential workers are not regarded as such in this country. Very disappointed

  5. Self
    April 21, 2018

    Darroux must stop talking nonsense. Joseph Isaac is going to make you guys look so stupid. most nurses will walk across to where they can benefit personally just like Joseph Isaac.

  6. La Vaywitay
    April 21, 2018

    When the situation on life support, let us know. Nursing shortage is not new and it is not isolated to Dominica. Nursing shortage is worldwide. You have to figure out what are your nurses issues and work with them. America has a nursing shortage. Not because there are not enough licensed nurses. It is because people leave nursing for different reasons including burnout. Now, if your nurses cannot even afford to purchase a vehicle to come to work, then yes, we have a big problem. If you cannot give your nurses benefits, then yes, we have a big problem. I would suggest that we prioritize our spending. Stop giving people free houses and work on making life better for your professionals.

  7. Dominican Passports
    April 20, 2018

    Ohh no the bubble is going to burst and the people Dumbnicans elect don’t know what to do… LOL :lol:

  8. RAS B
    April 20, 2018

    While I would have met with some of the nurses and I will speak to a meeting I had with them, some of them individually,” he stated. “They told me no it is not about the money, yes it is about the money. No one is going to hold it against you if you feel that for economic reasons that you have to leave but sometimes it is more about money and I think it is one of these classic cases.” (See above) Could the minister kindly explain what he meant to say? Surely with this double speak, I guess he too, is confused.

    Instead of intimating that the country and it’s nursing levels are quickly approaching crisis point why not come up with enlightened ideas as to how he plans to address this threat. But of course if he does not understand or accept the obvious militating causes, he will have no solution. Tears and more tears for our nation and its incompetent leaders.

  9. Smh
    April 20, 2018

    It’s is fast approaching critical but not there yet. Typical…wait for things to go bad and they act, as opposed to seeing a small problem and fixing it before it gets worse. Mr minister, if your roof has a leak, will you allow it to keep leaking before taking action? While I do applaud the minister meeting with nurses, the nurses he met with are only the ones at PMH. What about the district nurses? What about their concerns? For too long nurses had been receiving the short end of the stick. Yet we wonder why some of their faces always wax and ready to swallow patients when they speak. It may be wrong but it’s expected of disgruntled workers!

  10. Kris
    April 20, 2018

    What’s so intense about raising nurses salary? Nurses cant even afford to buy a 15yr old vehicle to take them to work. Don’t you expect them to leave “in droves”. If you are genuine about addressing the issue…RAISE THEIR SALARIES. The health care professionals are too critical to be losing them over issues which can be easily resolved. Just a signature is required.

    • Da passports
      April 20, 2018

      You mad man, Laborats need them funds to buy poor uneducated people sheet of galvanize and plywood for votes, the nurses have to wait

  11. Perfect Idiot
    April 20, 2018

    Take a look at DNO’S subject for this article: “Dr. Darroux says nursing service ‘fast nearing critical levels”. It is very important to know who said what in order to appreciate it. Folks, this statement about the nursing service ‘fast nearing critical levels’ was NOT made by the opposition; it was not made by supporters of the opposition. It was made by the government and really by the MINISTER responsible and to even better appreciate it, that minister is by profession a medical doctor, who know and understands when a person or something is fast approaching death. So for him to say that you know the situation Is very grave and critical. What makes the situation even more critical is, neither the government nor the minister responsible is able to diagnose the problem let alone to treat it. In one breath Darroux tells us is money but next breath he saying is not money. In case is money, I know Dr. Martin Christmas a Liaison or advisorin Heath? How much we pay him? Is it $6500…

    • viewsexpressed
      April 22, 2018

      Yes, yes….I hope those in denial and those ridiculous blind Skerrit loyalists and bobolist are reading this piece of news.
      Dominica is a failure under Skerrit`s corrupt government. …and we are digging deeper into the abyss.

      let us rise up and kick Skerrit out with his dirty corrupt Red Shoe.

  12. Labourite no more... abandoning ship
    April 20, 2018

    Skerrit and his Kabal seek to confuse, distract and brazenly misrepresent facts to the D/ca public, in an effort to remain in power with TOTAL disregard to D/ca’s well-being. No post Hurricane Maria (or even before) ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY, which sets out how D/ca will establish new trade, investment and economic links, and end national poverty, hopelessness and decadent in our society.

  13. I Must admit
    April 20, 2018

    Mr. Minister are you saying that it is fast nearing CRITICAL stage but not quite there yet? On the scale of
    1-10 it is now 9.75 but not quite there yet Mr. Minister? I wonder what Dr. Skerrit would say about it. You guys are just confused and have really made a mess of Dominica.

  14. Anonymous
    April 20, 2018

    Will you resign Kenneth when the situation gets so crtical you are unable to meet your Hippocratic oath?

  15. For nurses
    April 20, 2018

    Nursing is an essential service but the ministry of health taking nursesr a big joke. READ THIS CAREFULLY:



    3. Nurses has to purchase their own blood pressure machine and not even a pen to write they are supplying. A JOKE THAT MAN?



    • Me-Aloe
      April 20, 2018

      @ For nurses …. OT is $10.62/hr compared to nurses in the U.S starting hourly rate is at least $45 /hr. Minimum wage at Walmart in the North East is $12/hr ($29 E.C). The nurses should be given way more than that.

    • I am mine own
      April 21, 2018

      If you’re correct about the pay rate, it’s a wonder any nurses are left in Dominica at all.

    April 20, 2018

    :?: The nurses together with the doctors working at the hospital should stop working and others in the public sector should join them until these rogues posing as government falls! Sacrifice has to be made for some meaningful change! The nurses and doctors can come together to provide their services to those in need while staying away from the mortpital!

  17. April 19, 2018

    Professionals leaving Dominica is nothing new. Of course anti government operatives will use this to spread propaganda, what they will not say is that Dominican professionals like doctors, teachers, policemen, lawyers, engineers, cooks and bottle washers have always been leaving Dominica in search of greener pastures. These professionals are not leaving because the DLP is in office or because Skeritt is PM, they are leaving for the same reason others left in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s 90’s, we are now in the 21st century and the exodus continues, the reason is economic.

    • viewsexpressed
      April 22, 2018

      “……..anti government operatives will use this to spread propaganda, ……” The bool is so clear in your face and in the open, you will be n denial and stupid and spin it to protect and cover your ugly corrupt Labour government. Shame on you,

    • Advisor
      April 22, 2018

      I thought the reason we elected the Labour party was to economic advancement? so from the 1950″s to the 2018 we are still accepting leadership that fail to deliver?
      Your opinion is exactly why we are not able to advance. We notice a problem but we make all sort of excuses rather than seek a solution.

      It is ad that we accept a life where all our family are forced to live in separate nations (not by choice)

  18. too late
    April 19, 2018

    pay nurses like Isaac and they will stay,,

  19. Rassheed
    April 19, 2018

    Is this one a real dogtor?

    • viewsexpressed
      April 22, 2018

      This Dogtor issues woof woof woof medicine….and cry fowl advice. Will always be a fowl evaluation of the matter before hand. Chooo offDogtor

  20. Laughter the best medicine
    April 19, 2018

    ZIMBABWE have nuff nurses who were fired 14,000 looking for wok.They will come
    Darroux send them tickets and passports. Afterall they are our bros & sisters. Our nursing needs will be met and our population will increase as they come with spouses children even nannies boy do they reproduce fast. By election Darroux they 2024 more votes for the corrupt Neo DLP
    Next level political idea

    • AgreeD
      April 22, 2018

      This is funny at surface level but immigration was a paramount factor is the advancement of every developed nation.

      We have to seek ways for population increase in Dominica. Immigration!

      We need to broaden our tax base.

  21. Watching
    April 19, 2018

    look at this fool with earrings in his ears. i know in the public service we dont wear earrings cause thats a sign of ill-discipline. out of work i dont have problem you can wear your earrings but please set an example for our public servants and take that out when you in the public eye doing the nations business!!!!! waste of time politicians, you can never see a minister in the UK doing that or the US stupessssss

    • Laughter the best medicine
      April 19, 2018

      Lol SMH the partner hip hahahahah anti Neo DLP likewise DFP & UWP but I eh digging blues on the partner earrings.
      Next thing you will be chatting about how many chicks he’s got. SMH these aforementioned have nothing to do with his job description. Let’s not mix it up.

    • Kris
      April 20, 2018

      The earring in his ears have to do with anything? Things evolve. Times change.Get off it! He doesn’t need to remove his earrings in order to approve salary increase. Stop allowing politics to clog your intellectual capacity..the little you may have

      • Anonymous
        April 22, 2018

        Kris, rightly or wrongly, image is important. Why else do priests, judges and even polic and the military wear their ceremonial garb.

      • viewsexpressed
        April 22, 2018

        Kris, you damn right, things evolved. Years ago we had decent government and development island wide, now things have change with a massive corrupt Labour government in office , lead by a very incompetent man who knows and has shoed that he knows nothing of development, lt alone the instruments to help us through this poverty he and clowns like yourselves created and now has our country in deep poverty. shame of=n all of you guys,,,,we refer to as Blind Bats.

        Skerrrit must Go

    April 19, 2018

    :?: What do people on this slave island plantation expect from a man who spent some time in Cuba studying to be a duck tar in a language that’s foreign to him, spent a few years as a district duck tar in a so-called clinic and then was bought by a rogue prime mistake and then placed to be responsible for the health of the island, with no management experience,not even in the field he’s supposed to have studied in :?:

    • Just sayingg
      April 20, 2018

      I really wonder if things like you have or possess something like a brain ect to produce something sensible.

  23. shewo
    April 19, 2018

    nurses leaving teachers leaving. students leaving. everybody leaving. parrots leaving. present population. 30000. people still leaving. skeritt leaving Jess now. and hurricane coming. Lord please protect the people of dominica from further damage.

    • Laughter the best medicine
      April 19, 2018

      hahaahahahahhahahah SMH LOL You good shewo.

      Wooden stools had a hit in the mid70’s one line said everybody’s leaving for a new found home
      Someone on DNO can relate to the song.

    • Neville
      April 20, 2018

      Why stay??? Dominica under Skerrit has no future. Most people have realised that now even some of supporters.

    • Dominican Passports
      April 20, 2018

      The way skerrit leaving he barley seeing what going on 8-O 8-O

  24. One of a kind
    April 19, 2018

    Forget about fixing up the court house…health care and people’s homes come first.
    Make the nurses happy and they will stay. Money talks, ask Issac. If you can afford him you can afford to pay people to save lives. This falls on the government..
    Even though I like the red, I will not sugar coat anything

      April 20, 2018

      :?: You like the red herrings posing as government even if they cannot govern the island well! :?: Stop liking for the sake of like,these rogues posing as government are political illiterates and have no clue about governance!

  25. viewsexpressed
    April 19, 2018

    “Health Minister, Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has said that the nursing service in Dominica is ‘fast nearing critical levels’ but some people are making it appear worse than it is and has pledged government support for staff of the Ministry of Health…”
    What an Oxymoron……..? These guys, so called Government Ministers, are big jokers and political clowns. Under your watch after 18 years that is the health report you offer to we Dominicans? Are you and your corrupt government not ashamed to be sharing this failed update news.?
    Read Again people: “Dr. Darroux says nursing service ‘fast nearing critical levels’” From a medical Doctor who is Minister for health. Skerrit must have a bunch of jokers running this country. It is obvious that if the Head of Government is nept, immature some level of questionable bobol, that we are awaiting answers, have are all failed us Dominicans. Shae on you corrupt Labour bandwagons.
    Skerrit and his failed Team Must Go. Goodbye failed Labour…

    • Laughter the best medicine
      April 19, 2018

      failed Neo Labour. How can we have Labour with Saverin ,Skerrit Tonge, etc etc when they are all DFPites breakaways like china’s gang of 4. We have some cross overs like gregory Issacs who was a car in UWP now he is anSUV on a short fat with fat which is not genetically his roots. Darroux should make a quick trip to Zimbabwe dangle Passports we cannot add housing to the package just yet bc we ourselves don’t have.

      • laughter the best medicine
        April 20, 2018

        We have some crossovers like Gregory Issacs who was a small car in UWP (something like a mini cooper ) now he is an SUV ej like a Ford Expedition on a short fat frame.

  26. Ibo France
    April 19, 2018

    Any government that allows its healthcare system to gravely deteriorate to the abysmal level as described by the Dominica Nurses Association has lost its mandate to govern. Period! Only a uncaring and a stony-hearted administration would sit idly by and allow this most critical sector to descend into nothingness. A nation’s health is a nation’s wealth. All sectors, all aspects of life, have severely declined under Skerrit’s stewardship. Here we go: Economy, Healthcare, Infrastructure, Agriculture, National Security, Personal Savings, Sports, Social Cohesion, Education, Morality, Fishing, Businesses, and I could go on in perpetuity. The time is ripe for a meaningful change.

    • Dominican Passports
      April 20, 2018

      Them people worry with health nuh, laborats is galvanize, concrete and plywood they eating, the worst part is plenty of them run from dominica in other people country taking they healthcare, trump have de idea eno shoot dem down. :lol:

  27. My little take
    April 19, 2018

    I agree with Hon. Darroux that the nursing service in Dominica is ‘fast nearing critical levels’ . But here is my little take: Doctor Darroux’s explanation or discription of the fast nearing critical state of nursing in Dominica, is the same regarding every ministry, be it agriculture, sports, finance and every single ministry is FAST NEARING CRITICAL STATE and to be blunt about it, Dominica as a country under Skerrit, is ‘fast nearing critical levels’ if we don’t act quickly to save our country. The Doctor did not only discribe the condition of nurses but really I understand him to have given the health condition of Dominica.

  28. Plato
    April 19, 2018

    Dr Darroux this is nothing to trivialize as we are speaking Here of people’s lives and their ability to contribute to the economy. If the situation is approaching critical levels you and your technocrats are to act with haste. Don’t sit here and try to deflect blame to those who recognized the problem and are expressing concern about it. They have the right to and it is merited.

  29. Perfect Idiot
    April 19, 2018

    “Dr. Kenneth Darroux, has said that the nursing service in Dominica is ‘fast nearing critical levels’ but some people are making it appear worse than it is “.

    But Hon.Daroux, if you as a doctor and government Minister is saying that the situation is ‘fast nearing critical levels’ , are you not telling us to prepare for the worse? Dr. I think it was Monday I was listening to CNN and the ‘Breaking News’ was former first lady Babara Bush was home and her condition was fast nearing critical condition. Well, less less than 48 hours later, I was listening to the same CNN and the Breaking news was Babara Bush had passed.

    You are the Hon. Doctor and I am the Perfect Idiot and I guess because of this gap I am lost

  30. badbaje
    April 19, 2018

    “Just to reassure Dominicans, I think the situation with the nursing attrition, yes it is serious … you know some people are making it appear to be so grave, okay, yes, it is fast nearing critical levels …” he stated on a recent radio program.
    I have only one question and it is this.
    If the minister says “it is fast nearing critical levels” how are people making it appear to be grave?
    In my opinion “fast nearing critical levels” is indeed grave.

  31. April 19, 2018

    We can’t afford to lose our nurses but with such little salaries and the working conditions what do you expect. Your DLP ministers are making thousands monthly for doing pretty much nothing and you want these nurses to stay in Dominica making peanuts . The neighboring countries welcome their hard work with decent salaries . Guess you and Dr.PM gonna have to take over when those who can leave continue to leave.

    • Dominican Passports
      April 20, 2018

      Bro Isaac set the example, self preservation comes first according to dicey… Antigua or lucia will welcome them

  32. Me-Aloe
    April 19, 2018

    SIMPLE…..You want the nurses to remain in Dominica to work….pay them higher wages and improve the working conditions in the hospitals. It does not have to take a rocket scientist to figure that out. Or, the gov’t is just pretending to be dotish

    • Dominican Passports
      April 20, 2018

      How you get so smart? Funny because laborats rather who they have in power than you ehh :roll:

      • Me-Aloe
        April 20, 2018

        “Commonsense” is the word my dear @Dominican Passports and there is no affiliation to any party on my part

  33. Stella
    April 19, 2018

    what are those Quotes really saying?

  34. One of a kind
    April 19, 2018

    Of course, they don’t get paid enough…Money talks!
    This falls on the government

  35. April 19, 2018

    Not only the nursing service, but everything else in Dominica

  36. zandoli
    April 19, 2018

    Darroux, you and the rest of the cabinet have to make a decision about where you want the supply of nurses to dwindle more than it has been. You are playing with words when you said, some people said the situation is grave, when you admitted it is near critical. Do you want to take action when it reaches a critical state?

    You spoke about essential services. You will soon have to make a decision as to how critical nursing is to the health of the nation and how much money you are prepared to spend to keep nurses on the island.

    The government seems to be able to find all kinds of money to throw at their supporters to buy their loyalty. Yet the same supporters cannot see the importance of having a proper functioning health care system.

    • viewsexpressed
      April 20, 2018

      Its a corrupt system and an extreme corrupt Labour Government. This party is dangerous and their people in government as so called ministers know not of development, just like sunday school little children ignorant about their own surrounding. These people should go lay wit their marbles in he yard.

    • We eh ready yet
      April 20, 2018

      I recall many yrs ago a Zandoli not this one for sure. That other Zandoli was a writer man! Look lyrics then.
      It wrote Health sidelined. It’s being resolved the other Zandoli.

    • boi
      April 20, 2018

      we will import some cuban nurses man…dont fret

  37. D
    April 19, 2018

    These quotes from the Minister are headache inducing.

  38. Cow bite man
    April 19, 2018

    Kenneth Darroux…. do the honourale thing by being the first to resign from the “Cabal”.

  39. Not A Herd Follower
    April 19, 2018

    Darroux ,you and your government, stop expanding the number of ministers and giving jobs to the DLP constituency caretakers and pay the nurses an increase in remuneration which they deserve.

  40. Anonymous
    April 19, 2018

    Ask yourself why Darroux??

  41. Lenpro
    April 19, 2018

    Kenneth, stop whining. You have been rehashing the same statement for the past three months. Whining won’t fix the shortage of nurses. Hiring nurses and nursing assistance and paying them good will help the situation. For all the nurses who stayed after Maria, give them a pay increase. And those who left when the medical field needed them most after maria, if they come back seeking their job, ensure that they are paid starters salary. It’s that simple.

    • boi
      April 20, 2018

      why ensure they are paid starter salaries………Because they went to seek a better life….if they return to do the job shouldnt they be entitled to the increase benefits….not saying pay them max allowance but my god….You people just talk nonsense about love of country…Man people should be rewarded for their duties man….Not waiste their abilities for peanuts….who would come back to less….certainly not you…

  42. Darroux, it will get to a point where you will have to get off the pedestal on which you sit and return to play nurse and doctor; you were not much of a doctor anyway; that is why you ran into politics!

    Politics pays more than you made as a medical doctor. If so called doctors works for peanuts change per month in Dominica, the nurses pay must be starvation salary. So, whereas the politicians are paid more without any scientific skills except running off your mouths, spewing lies as you do every time.

    The nurses look at the politicians lifestyle and yearn for decant pay, decent working conditions, and in general working without fear of political victimization, they may have come to the conclusion to leave Dominica and seek greener pastures elsewhere where they could work for more money even if they are not in the nursing profession!  

    • Clinton
      April 19, 2018

      First of all bro….dr Kenneth Daroux is one of the best doctors we have ever seen on the island…facts has shown this and ask the people he have treated and they will attest to that!!!! I can even read the rest of your message when you start with lies!!!

      • And finally, I am not your bro!

        As far as I know I have four brothers by my father alive, we all grew up in the village of Wesley, I only knew one, his name is Watts, the other three I never knew existed, but did not know they were my brothers, until one of them mother told me he is my brother a few days after my father died!

        The other three, their names were disclosed at my fathers’ wake, and I am sure you are not one of them.

        Clinton my behind!

      • viewsexpressed
        April 20, 2018

        Ok Clinton, true he performs well as Doctor, but he is not \ politician, we know him to be a decent man and good doctor, therefore in order than his name is no longer tarnish, tell him asap to get the hell out of this incompetent, corrupt useless Skerrit`s corrupt Labour Government. This area is all dangerous and not good for people like the Doc.
        Skerrit just Go…he is a failure and a big disappointment
        Skerrit, Go to Hell, Go to Hell…Go to Hell…none of our damn business to run little boy i chool

        April 20, 2018

        :?: Haa Clinton,i’m not surprised you’re defending a member of your team of Petite Savanne church growing kids who has become vagabonds! Are you trying to tell us that the few years your duck tar spent at the Grandbay clinic is enough management experience to govern the Health Ministry :?: When you few supporters of this rogues posing as government are personally benefiting without concerns for the overall good governance of the island, no wonder the likes of Tropical Storm Erika and Hurricane Maria will continue to displace you!

      • “Ok Clinton, true he performs well as Doctor, but he is not \ politician, we know him to be a decent man and good doctor, ”

        You know I commented on this good doctor thing; however, DNO did not print it they only cleared the final part of my comments.

        As far as I am concern if the best doctor in the  nation as he claim has set his scientific profession aside to go and dabble into politics, something is wrong!

        If he is that good of a doctor, he should have gone into private practice, where his patients list would be so long, he would have become the first millionaire doctor in Dominica. I could have returned to Dominica more than twenty years ago and get into politics!

        If I did that I would have betrayed myself, and my scientific abilities, and profession as an Electronic/Electrical Engineer; my business would have been to set up a business to create jobs, the same as my friend Ron Abraham did as an Electronic Engineer.  

  43. LifeandDeath
    April 19, 2018

    Yeah..NewsFlash!!..I guess it’s slapping you in your face now so at least you recognize there’s a problem..How in the World, with the most Ministers A Cabinot has ever seen in Dominica, that things can be so disjointed, dilapidated and Haywire!!
    Wake up Dominicans, these guys care nothing for the future of this country..and it’s not necessarily because they don’t have head on their shoulders but more so because, they have been and still are preoccupied with covering up inadequacies and lies..There is no time for serious forward thinking and planning..Look at the state of Dominica, it’s the island with the highest rate of emigration in the OECS, possibly nearing that of Haiti and Jamaica relatively speaking..That is a sure sign that people are not getting ahead. They can’t make ends meet..thos who can fly away move..What’s worse is that they settle next door in Antigua, Anguilla, BVI, St. Maarten…This government have not a clue how to move Dominica forward..They Major in the…

  44. Massacre
    April 19, 2018

    I can’t believe those are the people we have passing a Government officials in Dominica.
    There it is that a Minister of health is confirming what we have been saying all the time , but yet this DLP regime is doing the same thing and expecting different results. I guess it is true what they say” stupid is as stupid does!”
    The entire country and and manner in which it is rum have passed critical levels , so I hope Dominicans will acknowledge the obvious signs and take the drastic actions to stop you guys from taking the island into the abyss!

  45. FloridIan diaspora
    April 19, 2018

    Sorry sir but this is a democratic country where people can do as they please. The nurses are free to leave the island just like you useless bunch of evil doers think you are free not to provide them with proper working facilities and salaries. So you mean to tell me that the parrots cab go but the the nurses can’t? You wicked sons of mother lovers…..

  46. viewsexpressed
    April 19, 2018

    Darroux, I feel that you as a government minister and also the service of your brain is ‘fast nearing critical levels’. You have been engaged in the wrong political medication and supervision over the years , so it1s no news to us that your thoughts of our socio-medical-political status has deteriorated severely and badly. You know why, because your head, the head of the corrupt political state is severely immature, behave like a child, is in denial as to the reality of his surrounding and has therefore with your help has brought our country to severe poverty the highest any country can reach.
    Skerrit must Go, and you and your corrupt Labour government are dangerous and must get out. We are now sick with all disease political poison.

    • FloridIan diaspora
      April 19, 2018

      Actually mr darroux brains is indeed reaching critical levels in that it is fastly decaying. Their ideas to run the country are outdated. Their thinking is like expired milk, full of bugs, it stinks. He sits there in that photo above trying to look pretty but what I see 8s a clown with earings. With poorly maintained health facilities and low salaries what do you expect? Migration right? Bingo!!!!!

      • Peace
        April 19, 2018

        Floridian Disposal, you could seat on the dead horse and continue beating it all you want , it will never come back to life, UPEES. We Dominicans will rise again. When ICE finds you, we will still welcome YOU like a DOMINICAN. Spout your nose remember what goes up MUST come down.

    • Hey
      April 19, 2018

      Views Expressed, you have all the symptoms of the OTHER party. Nursing is one the most lucrative career now, they are leaving for greener pastures. Since you have diagnosed Darroux illness, now tell us why so many of your core and loyal supporters are living you in droves?? Before you answer, point one finger and four are pointing at you. When is the next moneython?

      • viewsexpressed
        April 22, 2018

        Look at the approval rating in my box 23 to 4…Look at the rating, negative , damn right in yyr box1 to 10….your rating is bad, because of your inept corrupt PM and his corrupt labour arty. You are in the wrong camp, it is corrupt and dirty.
        Labour must Go, Skerrit must Go
        Your dirt labour government is corrupt to the core.

  47. jihan
    April 19, 2018

    Darroux why dont youskerrit and this corrupt regime just give up,dominica is @ here knees,nurses should be the no.one priority,this country is no more,sorry for the citizens.

  48. Pedro
    April 19, 2018

    Sure, you don’t control the purse strings but what did you ever recommend at the time of budget and even in advance of negotiations? Yes, you do’t want to set a precedence but if things are bad enough you have to do what you have to to save it, much like if the roof was leaking. If we lose a major piece of equipment we do go ahead and replace it, but with the labor force, our tireless nurses, we don’t have authority to raise by $1.. We don’t even recognize the disparities. . Go ahead minister, paint the rosy picture. maybe its this, maybe its that you say…it will soon get super critical.

  49. jam it
    April 19, 2018

    it is fast nearing critical level and it is not serious yet dude? that is why everything in this country is such a dam joke. nothing is take seriously.

    • Bee
      April 19, 2018

      I guess they waiting for the situation to get really critical before they do something about it! Until then it does not deserve urgent attention. By then 2 nurses will be on shift per ward and they will be mandated to work 70 hours a week with not overtime! :?:

      • Fed up
        April 22, 2018

        And lastly, I’m so sick and tired if the attitudes of the nurses in castle Bruce and pmh before I can even open my mouth these disrespectful group of so called women are already opening their mouth the say some disrespectful talk to myself and other patients waiting im sick and tired of the disgusting and entitled attitude these women have I have only met one pleasant nurse n all my years on island I agree with all the support nurses need but these chicks in this island need a serious attitude adjustment if we lived in my hood in black america some of these same disrespectful nurses wouldn’t speak to patients like that because black Americans most of us don’t tolerate this type of disrespect especially when we r seeking medical attention. These nurses behave this way because the people in charge on this island don’t hold them accountable let them come to my hood in the states they will kno what time it is they can’t get away with their nastiness in black america. Too much…

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