Dr. McIntyre is not ill; ‘he’s out of state on private business’ – OPM statement 

Dr. Irving McIntyre

The government has denied reports that the Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Dr. Irving McIntyre, is ill.

Over the past several days there has much speculation, particularly on social media, about Dr. McIntyre’s heath with some reports suggesting that he had suffered a stroke was out of the country receiving medical attention.

However, a statement issued today by the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has dismissed those reports.

“The Government of Dominica wishes to advise that reports circulating in the public that the Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, Hon. Dr. Irving McIntyre is ill and has been hospitalized, are untrue,” the release states. “Dr. McIntyre is not currently a patient at any hospital or medical facility. Dr. McIntyre is out of state on private business.”

The OPM release names Hon. Kent Edwards as the Acting Minister for Health, Wellness and New Health Investment.

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32 Comments

  1. Mark
    January 14, 2022

    Focus your juvenile tantrum and your ire on the incumbent administration that’s eroding democracy, suffocating the economy, corrupting the justice system and so forth.
    This says it all. It’s called politics. A possible opportunity presented itself to “BLAST” the government and folks jumped on it. It really has nothing to do with the minister being off island.
    Why is it so important to announce that he is off island? I am certain he has staff who can operate in his absence.
    Has anything fell through the cracks or is it business as usual? This is really small island politics at play here to think that we should always be in the loop when a government official is out.The overseas folks should know that since city, state and federal officials travel all the time without announcing. Their absence doesn’t affect the average Joe one way or the other so what’s the big deal.
    Technology today affords one to work remotely therefore I’m certain the minister is fully aware of the…

  2. TeteMorne I From
    January 14, 2022

    Sure, he’s out on private business, he is not sick. Ok, if that is what you all have for sale, we will buy it, albeit, recluctantly! Movng on…
    Get well Dr :roll:

  3. Transparency is Lacking in Dominica's Governance
    January 12, 2022

    The mystery of the missing McIntyre Minister of Health is no surprise. The saddest cut about the abysmal lack of transparent governance of our island is that they have allowed the colonial regime to look good, by the transparency in that era about government officials on leave. At the University of Florida Archives on Dominica can be found copies of the Dominica Gazette from the colonial era. In that period any senior civil servant going on leave or absent from the state was noted in the Gazette. See here -https://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00076862/00285/images Now we have the Prime Minister going to Dubai. No statement. He appeared in Pakistan to open a private law firm. No advance notice to the country. As for the many criminals posing as Dominica diplomats, their names were never shown in the Gazette nor any public announcement made until after they were arrested. I guess its none of our damned business. A one man band regime, with puppet as minsters to adore him. So sad. Time for change.

    • Gary
      January 13, 2022

      Every time I hear people like you use the word transparency, I laugh, it’s not that I’m against transparency as it relates to Government or elected officials, it is the selective, frivolous and political manner in which that word is used. Congratulation on your effort finding information you excitingly shared, I hope that when allegations of missing funds from CBI or any other allegations you diligently do the same to find the truth as you did in the case of transparency. You live in Florida, are you happy with the State, City, County and at large The Country as it relates to transparency of elected officials, are they consistent giving press releases when they leave their jurisdiction, on personal, private and Government business and are you that interested to know such thing.

      As to your one-man band regime, with puppet as minsters you envisioned, is that what the electorate see in Dominica, it is they who decide change, not you with proxy vision.

  4. Bwa-Banday
    January 12, 2022

    Wishing Dr. Mac speedy recovery and return to the homeland.

    Putting politics aside, it’s pitiful that the DLP would attempt to hide the serious health condition of the said doctor. Doc will one day realize the mistake he made joining these rouges and vagabonds. But that’s the DLP, lie about everything while the country goes to hell in a hand basket. Get well Doc.

  5. Lin clown
    January 12, 2022

    I will ask this question again,to IBO France,Jonathan and Francisco-DOG.In the 2019 election,UWP headed by Lennox Linton,LOST 1,163 and 3 parliamentary opposition seat WHY?The facts are in 2014 UWP received 17,587 votes,in 2019 it went down to 16,426,my question is WHY?I believe the lost of support for UWP has to do with IBO France,Jonathan,Views expressed,%,Francisco-DOGS,RandyX and others.Jonathan,a prodigal son talking about MIA.

    • We the People
      January 12, 2022

      Nice try doc. That is not the matter at hand; it’s whether the minister is really out of state on “private business” or not.

  6. We the People
    January 12, 2022

    So all you really believe that nonsense from the OPM? Ok, the minister is out on private business, fine. Well, at least that statement should have said when he left and when he’s expected to return.

    I wonder who else traveled with him.

  7. Kevin
    January 11, 2022

    And that is the problem with this labour party government.Proper protocols and procedures are not being followed therefore creating an environment for gossip and here say to flourish.Why wasn’t there a press release since the beginning of Dr mac’s overseas trip? If he is travelling on tax payers money then the public should know about his trip before hand.Lastly why is it that it’s the prime ministers office that has to issue this statement?All this shows is that Roosevelt skerrit is the government himself.

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    • Gary
      January 12, 2022

      Why would believe that the so-called Government protocols you are adhering to is creating environment for gossip, so ludicrous on your part. The reason why gossip is prevalent is due to people not
      passing the information given to them through filters, by checking
      means of verifying what they hear, so simple and logical and also if information is not available for what you want to know which might be of use, then you inquire to find the source whom you think can help you, otherwise mind your business if it is of no use to you. Why are you blaming the press, do you know the press also has filters to which they have to adhere .

      I will close my comment by asking you, Does the Minister absence from the State has any immediate effect on your life, positive or negative. If the Minister is using Tax payers money to travel, there are protocol and procedures to make a record of his expense, why stress yourself out, as to the PM office and the remarks about the PM, silly.

  8. Anthony P. Ismael
    January 11, 2022

    In all four corners of the world, we are witnessing the impact of social media on governmental entities daily. The rumors could have been avoided with a simple press release stating that, he is out of state on private matters. The name of his acting replacement should also be made public since we’re in the middle of an ongoing pandemic. But the under cover of darkness business that Labor has perfected, leads to endless speculation, even when there should be none. This is the result of “Cloak of Darkness Leadership,” underneath Roosevelt and Company.

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    • Gary
      January 12, 2022

      Here you go again, another echo chamber defending the unnecessary and silly use of gossip, NO, it not the about a press release by Government, it is Politics, coupled with people not taking their time to filter what they hear, which you are part of, stop defending ignorance, yes, you are an intelligent person, why. You made an argument for more transparency, ok, then why the statement, quote “This is the result of “Cloak of Darkness Leadership,” underneath Roosevelt and Company. ” Is someone responsible outside you for making such assumption, lol, of course not, isn’t that a type of gossip you are propagating, it is a social disease, in our Country, Court verdicts without even knowing the facts, making statements without checking. I’m not against you for not supporting the Government or your right to express your opinion. I know we both love our Country and want the best, the love for Country has to resonate certain attributes, gossip, allegation. bitterness, political dogma, NO.

      • Ibo France
        January 12, 2022

        Gary hardly anyone gives your meandering, monotonous, vacuous diatribe any attention. Go back in your periodical hibernation. You sound brilliant when your mouth is closed.

        Take good advice.. Don’t let your tongue make you deaf.

  9. As if
    January 11, 2022

    I would like to know how the rumor of the stroke started. So he got a stroke and just disappeared, hmm, ok. Then I heard he was in a coma. This coma was during the parliamentary proceedings, when he could clearing be seen on the television screen. Then is was rumored people were calling him and there was no answer, ok and what. Maybe he didn’t answer because he has more pressing matters and didn’t want to deal with harassers and beggars. YES I said it, beggars. No, Skerrit didn’t make them that way, they were always that way, lazy, always looking for a handout. Even if Skerrit is voted out there are still going to be beggars.

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  10. Jonathan Y St Jean
    January 11, 2022

    At a time of record cases of the Omicron variant world wide is not the time for a caring minister responsible for health to leave the country on “personal” business. He could have postponed whatever business it is to a later time. Again, this cabal loves to operate in darkness and along the edges like rodents. Changing the name from the Ministry of Health to the fancy rebranding, Minister of Health, Wellness and New health investment, means little to nothing if this abandonment of the populace is the result. Too much emphasis on irrelevant stuff like fancy names for government ministries and poor performance is the results. It’s lipstick on a pig. Once again, it’s Skerritt who has to “respond” to the matter rather than the front end openness and transparency. They operate like stinking dirty rodents.

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  11. Ibo France
    January 11, 2022

    This incident proves beyond a shadow of doubt that Mr. Skerrit has no respect for the citizenry. He treats the populace with depraved indifference and callous disregard.

    At this moment, when the new COVID-19 variant is wreaking havoc on the lives of citizens, the Minister of Health is MIA, has gone incognito. The incompetent, morally and ethically inept government did not see it fit to inform the people. Belatedly, pressure made them issued a cheap, sleazy comment. A good grade 4 student could have written a much better statement.

    Dominicans are unique. Imagine this, the more they are trashed by the conartist leader ( Mt. Skerrit), the more homage they pay to him.

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  12. Ibo France
    January 11, 2022

    Speculations will run wild unless there is open government. Mystery and covertness are incompatible to good governance.

    Good governance requires openness and transparency, honesty, trustworthiness , respect for rule of law, inclusivity, etc cetera. The Skerrit-led oligarchy lacks all these principles of good governance.

    Dominicans have the exact government they deserve. The present ruling regime has pauperised the country, devastated the economy, fragmented the people, yet, the populace remains mostly taciturn. It’s mind-bogglingly incomprehensible.

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  13. Mc went
    January 11, 2022

    I question the honesty of every single individual who serves in this clouded and dark administration. However, I have some sort of respect for Dr. McIntyre and I don’t know why. But he doesn’t seem to be happy with this labor party and he seemed to have been seeking a way out. I wish he never return to this gang of thieves. He he does; then he’s not an honorable man. Also, he is a smart man and he knows that the labor party don’t stand a chance of winning another election in spite of all these housing the wicked man is building for people in return for their votes and that of their family. But we will make them pay rent as soon as we take office. Skerrit isn’t giving them certificates of title for the house and land. Therefore, UWP will be collecting rent from all R Dem. We need to put back monies that was stolen, monies which was used to give lazy people Free housing back in our treasury. There will be no more free lunches.

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  14. HI FIVE
    January 10, 2022

    These rumours can be avoided. It all boils down to lack of transparency. The GIS should be given the info in advance….then issue the report that this Minister will be out of office from….during his absence Hon…………… will act as Minister of Health. End of story. So when the is no factual info people speculate.

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    • Garçon
      January 10, 2022

      I am in full support of your statement. These individuals are working for the Dominican people and should report to the nation on their activities. It’s not obligatory to tell us what he went to do since according to you it’s private business. However, it is our right to know that he is gone and who will stand in his stead. Do things right.
      Nonetheless, I am happy that doctor Mac is fine.

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      • Gary
        January 11, 2022

        The precedents or standards you guys are requiring for this Government, I hope to that you all will be making sure it is consistent with other Governments to come in the future. Now, you guys know the reason for the absence of the Minister, does it make you guys supper empowered, lol. When you say, quote, “These individuals are working for the Dominican people and should report to the nation on their activities. ” Does that include the members of Opposition. Do you remember the past Opposition Senator Dr. Thomson Fontaine, I never heard you guys complain or question the reason of his absence in Parliament or from the State. You all are entitled to raise questions as it pertains to the persons who are elected to serve the Country, but please be honest and not be selective.

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        • Jonathan Y St Jean
          January 11, 2022

          @Gary, come on man. In the midst of the most transmissible variant of the Covid-19 virus when the rest of the world is struggling to find the best way to deal with the spread and prevent the collapse of the hospital and health sector the minister of health in Dominca goes MIA,
          on personal business, and you can’t see the craziness. Instead you bring up Dr Thompson Fountain. When you spit in the sky it will fall in your eyes.

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          • Gary
            January 11, 2022

            I respect your opinion, but found it to be so frivolous. When you say the Minister is gone MIA, MIA from whom. Do you really think that the absence of the Minister under the circumstances given by the Government have compromised the Government fight against the Virus. This Government is not run by a Dictatorship or by micromanagement. Frivolous comments like yours are not new, sometimes it is necessary from time to time to do nothing or write nothing.

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        • Ibo France
          January 11, 2022

          Same old, tired, recycled, unadulterated gibberish from a puerile menace to society.Focus your juvenile tantrum and your ire on the incumbent administration that is eroding democracy; suffocating the economy; corrupting the justice system; splintering the society and using the treasury like their personal cheque book.Your pedestrian writing doesn’t resonate with anyone.

          • January 12, 2022

            Man, stop all this dictionary words and come down to earth like Skerrit so I can understand you. Whom I you trying to impress? Handbag? When we are in America we spell check check and not cheque. That is why we need to get our reparations from the Queen.

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  15. Ibo France
    January 10, 2022

    A public figure, a parliament representative of voters, has left the country under the ‘cover of darkness’ on private business. His constituents are only important around election time.

    This is a case of minister McIntyre following his leader. How often does Mr. Skerrit let it be known when he leaves Dominica? You only hear about his presence in some distant corner of the world from the regional or international PRESS. In other neighbouring jurisdictions, there is a public announcement before the head of government or a minister travels overseas. This is only good governance practice.

    Believing any information emanating from the Office of the Prime Minister is like believing someone on the ground who phones you and tells you to jump out a moving plane, they will catch you.

    Let me repeat this. The Skerrit’s totalitarian regime is shrouded in secrecy. It is made up of nocturnal creatures bats, owls, hedgehogs, moths. They operate best in complete darkness.

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    • Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
      January 10, 2022

      lbo, I the kid diagnosed, the man you know, but DNO Administration did not print my diagnostic in my comments following yours: I guess they fear what I wrote is a liability, I would not like them to get sued on account of my diagnosis; but as long as we live; the truth will come out!

      Then remember I said this day “I know but I doh talking eh!”

      Hahahahahahahahahahahahah!

      What will be will be, secretive as we wish to be; what happens in darkness, must come to light, even if is when we die!

      But ah know; but, but, but, I boy doh talking eh; me, me, mouth shut andar lack an key eh!

      I boy know the traits of a smoker of cigarettes, and consumption  of alcohol, and its effect on the human body!

      I know but I just doh can talk eh!

      • Ibo France
        January 12, 2022

        Francisco, they know that you don’t mince words. You are a hard hitting batsman who always clears the boundary when on strike.

        You always call it how you see it. Be your truthful self. No one can honestly accuse of cowardice or bending the truth.

    • Gary
      January 11, 2022

      “A public figure, a parliament representative of voters, has left the country under the ‘cover of darkness” that sounds like the opening line of some thriller, but you know what, it’s just a WORTHLESS NARRATIVE from your imagination, that’s all it is. It does not achieve anything. The Country is still functioning, Public Servants got their salaries on time before the holidays.

      Your agenda is so full of bitterness, the bitterness I’m talking about
      quote, “nocturnal creatures bats, owls, hedgehogs, moths. They operate best in complete darkness. ” What a mind. I will tell you this, that is not what the electorate of Dominica see, nor the Regional, International institutions and Governments. How long are you going to sustain such bitterness clocked in your political agenda.

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  16. Francisco Etienne-Dods Telemaque
    January 10, 2022

    Yes, (him gone) to seek medical attention somewhere in the world, avoiding dem China-man and Cuban quacks in Dominica, that no matter the treatment they give the patient either comes out of the butcher dead, or by the time they get home they die!
    Especially the older people; now from my personal recent experience, I discover they are not interested in treating older people, they show no interest in treating them but are always anxious to send them home, where they die!

    My sister who died on the the 8th day of January, 2022, is a victim of those so called quacks operating at the the Princess Margret Hospital; they can call it China hospital as much as they wish it is a butcher shop!

    I was recently informed, that either the China quacks operating in that butcher shop, or the Roosevelt has informed Dominica born nurses that they must learn to speak Chines, we are not Chines why should our people have to learn a foreign language to accommodate China quacks!

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  17. Toto
    January 10, 2022

    Odd. I am happy if Dr. McIntyre is ok but could Hendrik have told us himself. After alle is a government Minister, responsible for his own govt dept. Why does the Prime Minister’s office have to try and get rid of such rumours. They could have given an explanation before Dr. McIntyre before he left the country because trust me, like this the rumours won’t go away but only multiply.

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