Specialist medical officers “alarmed” at PM parliamentary statement

The prime minister delivering the national budget in parliament
The prime minister delivering the national budget in parliament

The specialist medical officers at the island’s biggest hospital, the Princess Margaret Hospital, say they are “alarmed” at a statement made by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, at the closing of the budget debate in Parliament on July 29.

The specialists appear to be particularly peeved when Skerrit said, “these guys madam speaker, the taxpayers paying them and they out in Anguilla and Montserrat working while we paying them, that is the problem madam speaker..”

But in a statement on Wednesday the specialist officers pointed out it is “accepted practice that specialist medical officers provide medical services to the public and private health sectors.”

“As part of their private practice some of our specialist medical officers travel to other islands to provide their specialist services,” the release stated. “The perception conveyed that they leave island while they neglect their duties at the Princess Margaret Hospital is erroneous. These Doctors are entitled to utilize their vacation leave to engage in any activity of their choice including working overseas.”

The release further pointed out that Dominican benefit from the expertise of “specialist medical officers from other islands who are often contracted and paid by the Ministry of Health, Government of Dominica to provide their specialist services in Dominica.”

“The limited number of specialist medical officers available to the governments of the islands make this practice necessary and acceptable,” the statement said. “We believe that this is consistent with the principles of the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME).”

The specialist officers are now reassuring the Dominican public that “we remain committed to providing quality medical services as much as the available resources will allow.”

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107 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    August 7, 2014

    The opposition have lost touch with reality and are on their little smear campaign but they cannot change the facts with their unrealistic claims and observation. Dominica does not exist in a vacuum and we cannot suddenly be expected to perform better than the more developed countries. The fact is we have made great strides since this administration took office. This will be verified by all the reputable international bodies like The IMF, The World Bank , ECCB etc. These are the facts.

    • CALL IT BY IT NAME
      August 7, 2014

      Are you Roosevelt Skerrit? You sound like him. What strides has Dominica made with this Skerrit lead government? If you are talking about the stadium, this initiative was started with the previous administration. The change in the road net work to Goodwill did not come about because of Skerrit. All of these ideas originated from other thinkers but Skerrit wants to take all the credit for himself. I am sick of hearing Skerrit and his labour party operatives. You need to stop the lies.

    • John Paul
      August 7, 2014

      what strides have we made?Is breaking the rules of Parliament considered “great strides”?OK well You can say we have made great strides towards dictatorship that I think would be accurate.Let me just remind You when the Speaker told Mr. Skeritt not to mention the name of Jerry Brisbane in Parliament.What changed? How come She is allowing it now?How will She be able to tell the Opposition not to do it ?This Speaker must go and Skeritt should follow!

    • Anonymous
      August 8, 2014

      What is your point exactly…?

    • D/can
      August 8, 2014

      There is always a retarded who does not read the article and starts vomitting pure nonsense. Did you read? Was it the opposition who put strings on Skerrit mouth and made him say what he said???
      If you think for one second that Skerrit was right for this statement you need to get your head checked.

  2. Kryptonite
    August 7, 2014

    whenever the PM speaks without a speach that was writen for him,
    he reveals his true self .
    In a parliarment where the bar of intelegence should be raised,
    this man is “fuubahhhh”

  3. Shameless
    August 7, 2014

    I sincerely hope that at the next UWP mass gathering all Blue T-Shirts will have printed on them ” PIRATES FOR CHANGE” and “PIRATES FOR A BETTER DOMINICA”. Let me go print mines now. Change is a MUST..

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

  4. ok mate
    August 7, 2014

    Skerrit, did you realize that said these words?”But according to Astaphan, who is one of the lawyers representing the ministers, the defense did not take into the consideration the “plurality of the ministers.”

    “I am not going to get into the merits and demerits of the matter,” he stated. “But if I make the complaint that ministers have raped and ministers have extorted sexual favors in exchange for public assistance, that has to be the defence that has to be met … the plurality of the ministers.”

    He explained that the defense is suggesting that all Linton was speaking about was only one minister.

    “There is nothing in the defense that we have seen to suggest that every minister of government has raped anybody or extorted anybody in exchange for public assistance,” he stated. “Nothing in there at all to cover the allegation against the collective ministers..” Now PM why use it in plurality? I guess you are the only person to say what you want when you want. The PM also said,”The prime minister went on to say that anyone who supports the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) is “a dishonest person” and “a bunch of modern day pirates” who have no interest in Dominica.. Again plurality. Time up pm

  5. Views Expressed
    August 7, 2014

    Good article…….”The specialist medical officers at the island’s biggest hospital, the Princess Margaret Hospital, say they are “alarmed” at a statement made by prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, …………” I support this move, the beginning of the opening of professionals in Dominica to come out and talk, and to protect the decency of their profession by unscrupulous politicians.
    May I suggest that the initiative must be taken by these professionals to call a meeting/consultation of Professionals in Dominica to discuss this unsavoury attack by this PM.
    Medical practitioners, social workers, doctors, community workers, nurses, technical, etc, all professional fields need to gather to support our own and protect our professions and that they are allowed to practice in peace their profession that is a devotion to deliver a service in peace.

  6. Doc. Love
    August 7, 2014

    It is unfortunate that Dominicans especially those residing out of Dominica, had to read about this despicable behavior by Skeritt in the Parliament. You have to report the news as is, therefore, we have to understand, you are only doing your job. Great job DNO.

  7. Neutral
    August 6, 2014

    Dr. Pascal should have resigned first, sometimes we let politics cover our eyes. You cannot be part of an organization or club and bad talk them. And the PM getting to petty them days it seems he falling for the blue cheese the fellars baiting him with.

  8. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014

    This administration favors intimidation as their strongest tool, and will use it at the slightest perceived threat, real or imaginary! Their response to anyone who should voice any concern, is to try to scare them,threaten their lively hood, deny them concessions that they give to everyone else, lock them out of government contracts, and harass them in an effort to muzzle them. Dissent must not be tolerated, and must be quickly smothered by any means necessary! The police and and courts are unwittingly or unwillingly being misused towards this end. It seems that soon one might not be able to speak in Dominica, so be careful l !!

  9. SamsGutter
    August 6, 2014

    I have one question. What does criticizing doctors have to do with the budget?

  10. d belly of d Beast
    August 6, 2014

    @real pottie,

  11. John Paul
    August 6, 2014

    I am calling for the resignation of the Speaker of the House of Parliament!!
    How could She allow this?why did She not stop the name calling like She did in the past?Skeritt had to say “Sorry Madame Speaker,a businessman from Canefield”That was when he called the name of Jeffrey Brisbane.What has changed since then? What is the rationale behind allowing this

  12. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014

    This country is to free

  13. Question
    August 6, 2014

    Well, when the PM have a headache, he leaves the country; When Timothy has a belly ache, he leaves the country; when Charlo heart almost stop beating, he leaves the country…I guess it doesn’t matter to them whether the doctors in DA stay or leave DA….Skerro and his boys don’t need them…But what about the little man? Can you afford to go to the US when you sick?
    I don’t understand the reference to caring for Dominicans when you clearly saying that the doctors can leave if they want while most of the population need them.

  14. A Voice
    August 6, 2014

    But them fellas not easy man. When them man fall sick is foreign they running. The hospital not good enough for them but it is good enough for the rest of us. And when a man (in the know) criticizes it, they choosing the Parliament to attack the man.

    Where is the shame? Both the PM and the Minister of Health ran to overseas medical facilities when they needed one and they there squeezing the doctor for criticizing the medical facility?

    Boy, it seems there is little room for dissent in Dominica anymore.

    Be not haughty gentlemen, be not haughty. For paupers are turned into princes and princes into paupers…

  15. Forever Amber
    August 6, 2014

    Where are all the past, so-called stalwarts of the Dominica Health Service System, particularly the CMOs? Don’t they see the need to speak up in defence of a colleague who dared to speak the truth of our failing health system?

  16. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014

    Lord please put a hand over this country, it is in crisis.

  17. Knows better
    August 6, 2014

    For whoever keeps the whole law and yet, stumbles @ just one point is guilty Of breaking all of it :lol:

  18. tech
    August 6, 2014

    so wat all u trying to tell me the pm don’t know wat he talking about? stop being ‘by-ass’.

  19. Mahaut
    August 6, 2014

    All we have in Dominica today is small minds making the important decisions.
    Just look at the calibre of ministers and tell me if you put all of them in a bag and shake it , what will you come up with??

  20. Someone must speak
    August 6, 2014

    :mrgreen: ITS not Good
    We live in A democratic ,island where we once fee to talk. And must be fee too talk.I knew people used to be very happy, whether we had litter or plenty to eat, what went wrong . :cry:

    PM must deal with the message and not the massager he must do what we put him there to do hi is our servant and not master . He must stop that ,he have to know he is the one in the hot SAT today and tomorrow it will be someone els . He must be A man.the saying goes ,the teacher teaches the child & the child comes out yo be better then the teacher…….

  21. browneyesgirl
    August 6, 2014

    hmmmm

  22. August 6, 2014

    Dominica is in danger …end of story.

  23. DA Massive
    August 6, 2014

    So Mr Pm are you saying that the salary paid to Dr Pascal he has to use it to replenish inventory at the hospital for you. Dr Pascal and the other specialist are doing a damn good job. Too many times Dr Pascal, and the others have to send for medical supplies overseas to conduct surgery for people in Dominica. Simply because the Princess Margaret Hospital which you and your cabinet ministers are afraid of and allergic to has NOTHING to enable them to perform their tasks properly and you damn well know that.
    Mr PM If IP”s statement about the health sector is untrue tell us why when you and your fellow Cabinet ministers fall ill and also when your family members fall ill you all look for the first helicopter to fly out of Dominica. Can you recall when the minister of health fell ill he REFUSED to stay in the Princess Margaret Hospital he demanded that he was flown out of Dominica ASAP and so it was. Why you all refused to allow your babies to be delivered at the Princess Margaret Hospital. So if the hospital and medical system is of such great standards according to your and the minister of health and fellow collegues why are you all running from it. You all to damn wicked

  24. Nomination committe
    August 6, 2014

    The “Specialist” said “The perception conveyed that they leave island while they neglect their duties at the Princess Margaret Hospital is erroneous. These Doctors are entitled to utilize their vacation leave to engage in any activity of their choice including working overseas.”

    But the are yet to establish that they do not leave the island while they neglect their duties to engage in the activities.

    The said “Specialist” may just be playing simple politics which is their main interest at this time.

  25. Grandbay
    August 6, 2014

    This is a sad state of affiars that Skerro’s DLP has taken Da into.
    What we are seeing now is not what Rosie and Pierro had envisioned.
    I will have to change to TEAM DA!

  26. Goodwill
    August 6, 2014

    The health system is so bad in Da , I will have to go to America to have my baby.
    But if I was the leader , I would show Dominicans how much I care about them and how I intend to remain in Da after my political game is over , and have my baby here.

  27. IFF I WUZ
    August 6, 2014

    Parry, I would immediately ask the Prime Minister to withdraw the statement and apologize. He has made sufficient reckless statements as Prime Minister. For instance, “Dominica is to free,” “go to hell,” ” no law , no constitution,” now, referring to honest doctors as modern day pirates because they have expanded their services out on Dominica, that is not right, not fair.

  28. sparky
    August 6, 2014

    Good for them to castrate him when he go for check up

  29. shaka zulu
    August 6, 2014

    Medical specialist and other professionals should not be surprised. Skeritt feels threatened by anyone who is more intellectually sound than him and does not kiss his as….. Can one Dominican engineer be proud of any significant infrastructure they have designed and build in the last 10 years. We have so many agri professionals and all I have seen is state of the art Chinese and Venezuelan built facilities. Joshua Francis and other successful lawyers who do not share his ideology and methodology were belittled on public media. That is the character of insecurity and weakness.
    Meanwhile policemen who actively campaign, which is strictly against their code of conduct are given promotion and even made head of security after investigated for theft. Most of those who sit silent are compromised and are afraid they will go down with the PM when the dirt starts to come out.
    Let me remind our Christian loving community that confession of our sins and pursuit of forgiveness is part of spiritual healing. We love to invoke God. It is time to clear our conscience and stop this madnesses before it is too late. We have created a monster and only we can keep it caged.

    • Magway Ca
      August 7, 2014

      Couldn’t have said it any better!!!!

  30. .
    August 6, 2014

    More partisan politics. Same pattern by uwp operatives- cause confusion and chaos to make it appear that the PM is doing something wrong. The PM was within his rights to respond to Dr Pascal’s criticisms. Any Doctor or specialist can work anywhere they feel like on their vacation. There is nothing to be alarmed about.

    • Lord, hear our cry
      August 6, 2014

      @August 6,2014, Why did you use my birthdate as your name?In so doing, you have given others the impression that August 6, is a bad day and is a sign of stupidity, ignorance, and immaturity. You need help my friend and you sure need it speedily! You don’t sound normal and to me you sound like a person with mental disability. Your comment is no doubt filled with partisan politics and mental mental disability. How do you condone the PM for standing on the highest stage-the parliament, during a budget debate, in the presence of the house speaker, and other elected members of the house, whose primary job is to protect the rights and freedom of all Dominicans, and instead to hear the PM attack those that have a different political view in the manner that he did? I agree with you that the PM has the right to respond to Dr. Pascal’s suggestions, but using the people’s parliament to raw on Dr. Pascal and all of us that hold a different opinion is very, very, very wrong and childish and therefore all those who support such practice by any politician is even worse of a child than Skerrit.

    • Andy
      August 6, 2014

      Parliament is supposed to be the forum where the highest level of debate should take place. Parliament should also be the place where opinions will differ the discourse should remain at the highest level of civility.
      DLP has been heard to be promoting education. It is said that the goal is to have a university graduate individual in every household. The question to be asked is what example are our present parliamentarians setting for young people who may want to pursue a career in politics? It is fair to state that there are few orators in the house of assembly, and many of our parliamentarians would benefit from a crash course in public speaking.
      Finally, the speaker of the house should be ashamed of herself for her blatant violation of the rules of parliament. The speaker of the house should be an impartial individual. She should have stopped the PM on a point of order. This is another clear indication of her partisanship.

    • Views Expressed
      August 6, 2014

      …..and what was the message or morale of the Prime Minister`s response?
      Was there any value in it that contributed to the improvement of the health service in Dominica,???
      Is it a case of empty vessels make the most noise…….this is the track record of the Prime Minister……gossip sensationalism politics like buying friends and popularity.
      nothing od decency and forward looking Skerrit has to offer to the youth and people of Dominica, let alone CARICOM.
      I AM CONVINCED THAT WE NEED A CHANGE….IT IS A MUST…LETS US BUILD DOMINICA TOIGETHER WITH A TEAM DOMINICA…

    • John Paul
      August 6, 2014

      Skeritt can respond to the criticism but not in Parliament!According to the Speaker Herself She stopped Mr. Skeritt from calling the name of Jeffrey Brisbane in Parliament.Mr. Skeritt also spent several minutes calling the name of Lennox Linton in Parliament and it was not about complimenting Him! Both the Speaker and the Prime Minister are breaking the rules of Parliament and that is a dangerous precedent.So yes Skeritt is doing something very wrong and He knows it and the Speaker is allowing it!What is good for the goose is good for the gander! If you disagree I would love to hear your defense on the matter.

  31. Frank Talker
    August 6, 2014

    Let’s put party, politics and power aside for a moment and consider this idea!

    Do you think Roosevelt Skerrit can benefit from a psychiatric evaluation? I am not at all saying the man is mad; I am thinking that the country and the man himself may benefit from an evaluation of his mental health. Over to you, readers!

    • Jaime Lewis
      August 6, 2014

      Yes, it would be to the PM’s benefit if he were to receive a psychiatric or psychological evaluation. Here is my prediction. He would be diagnosed with Narcissistic Personality Disorder, with the following DSM-V Criteria:

      – A pervasive pattern of grandiosity, need for admiration, and lack of empathy, beginning by early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts, as indicated by five (or more) of the following:

      1. Has a grandiose sense of self-importance (e.g., exaggerates achievements and talents, expects to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements).

      2. Is preoccupied with fantasies of unlimited success, power, brilliance, beauty, or ideal love.

      3. Believes that he is “special” and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people (or institutions).

      4. Requires excessive admiration.

      5. Has a sense of entitlement, i.e., unreasonable expectations of especially favorable treatment or automatic compliance with his expectations.

      6. Is interpersonally exploitative, i.e., takes advantage of others to achieve his own ends.

      7. Lacks empathy: is unwilling to recognize or identify with the feelings and needs of others.

      8. Is often envious of others or believes that others are envious of him.

      9. Shows arrogant, haughty behaviors or attitudes.

      Clearly the PM exhibits at least 5 of these traits, and meets the criteria of this personality disorder. I recommend that he seeks treatment from a qualified clinician who has experience dealing with such disorders. I will gladly offer a free consultation in the service of my country. Our beloved PM needs help!

  32. CIA on the Watch
    August 6, 2014

    No need to be alarmed about this BIG TALK by the PM who sound like a fool who is loosing his mental faculty.

    • ginger
      August 6, 2014

      DNO i see you have no problem publishing something referring to the PM as a fool but you had a problem with me with i wrote that the speaker of the house sounded like a fool for her utterances….i wonder y

    • John Paul
      August 6, 2014

      This is typical of third term Prime Ministers,just review our history

  33. louisanne
    August 6, 2014

    PM Skerrit is now able to talk in this manner because our professionals remained silent for too long. I hope that they have regained their testicular fortitude to challenge the PM when he and his Ministers threaten the hard working people of Dominica.
    Dr Shillingford Rickett well done. Dominicans must not be intimidated.

  34. St.Joe
    August 6, 2014

    I ahe never heard an attack on private citizens done in Parliament before. So youmean to tel me that Madame Speaker allow that vile speech too go on??
    Dominicans the choice is clear now if you want your country to progress with the first world.
    This Gov’t is not the one. Change is a most.

  35. August 6, 2014

    In my opinion I believe the pm really want to replace dominican doctors with Chinese.

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      This sounds like an invitation for consideration which, one day, may very well come to fruition. With due recognition and respect to the D/can doctors, the Chinese could do a good job. They are very good at what they do. Furthermore, they are dedicated and will never speak ill of their boss; not openly anyway. Did you notice that the Chinese operate respectfully?
      If you people do not cease criticizing and learn appreciation/gratitude, you will suffer immensely for you are bringing down God’s wrath, not his blessings but curses on your country and other nationals.
      You neglect God and what His Blessed Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ taught us, “To love one another…” As you go to church and some who are bible thumers, yet they get on this Website and spew hatred against the government, specifically the PM. Our Lord called such people hypocrites. Read and study your Bible.
      People eventually get just what they deserve. Those who stand up for the truth are disliked and insulted. How can some of us feel sorry for you? You do not deserve to be felt sorry for due to your attitude on this Website.

    • Sayitloud
      August 7, 2014

      He cannot afford to pay the Chinese they do not work for free. I hope all Dominicans have insurance or else the P.M will have to provide that too.

  36. Roseau
    August 6, 2014

    A cat cannot make a dog.
    So those are the friuts of our labour, literaly .
    When some did not grasp the basics in earliy learning it is very hard to pick it up in their 40s .
    Empty barrels makes the most noise. Today , we are hearing so much noise in parliament.

  37. Massacre
    August 6, 2014

    The speeches in Parliament is becoming less and less educational.
    Gone are the days when we used to listen to parliamentary sessions and hear how well those parliamentarians were so poised and full of content, using big English words in proper context too. I am so ashamed of what it has become.
    Today we have Mapweei even at private citizens.

  38. Canefield
    August 6, 2014

    Now is a good time for al the medical professionals to go on strike.!! In protest of the madness that is atacking them

    • Reality
      August 6, 2014

      And then your child gets seriously ill and what happens? Think before you speak.

    • malick
      August 6, 2014

      Unfortunately in doing so, only poor malaywa Dominicans are going to suffer. The big shots them will not be affected as they never come to the PMH.

      As soon as they feel sick, them man fly overseas for checkup and treatment.

    • ginger
      August 6, 2014

      and who would be affected smarty pants

  39. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014

    Did I hear right?
    I have listened to this budget speech over and over again and, what baffles me is, ”but for I P having penned his own personal opinion about that hospital , would we poor Dominicans have been enlightened to the fact that The Head Of State, Our Minister of Finance ,is aware,by his own admission , some of our professionals are actually physically engaged in other income generating activities, outside of Dominica ,while being paid by the Government of Dominica , to perform duties on our Blessed Island.
    Does that now mean , if you say nothing contrary to Governments practices , the Prime Minister will continue to condone all malpractices, ( as he claims it is) . if you dare to challenge the Government then he will use a public medium to let you know he knows, and endorses ,as Finance Minister ,that the Government is paying you, while you are out there working for another employer, on the Dominican Government time . How many such others are Our Prime Minister aware of and continues to condone . AH margway sar en .
    Tell me that is not what he really meant ; tell me IP , our humble son of the soil , only contracts out on his own time
    I know the guy , I know he is an honest guy , ( most times.)
    I AM JUST SO CONFUSED .
    Bondia , Bondia Bondia
    We need help in Da.

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      The best you could is to pray and less criticism, if none at all. You can’t be two-way, praying and criticizing. Those prayers will not work and not answered.

  40. JoJo
    August 6, 2014

    What IS Skerrit talking about? Does he use these specialists in Dominica? What was wrong with using local facilities when his wife gave birth to his second son? For him it is”do as I say, don’t do as I do”. Roosevelt Skerrit alone is not the government , nor does he own people.

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      but the ppl made him believe that……haven’t you been in their presence lately?

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      Some of you will never comprehend. If you cannot utilize your intuition and good judgment, it is of no use ever trying to make you comprehend. You have already blocked your brains, heart and mind to a sensible response.
      One thing you must know. He is the PM and he had a right to do what he did. The same goes for other nationals. They are free to do just as they please, utilize another country, its medical team and hospital. Many D/cans go to other countries for medical treatment. I know a few of them. You should question them.
      Therefore, what is wrong with what the PM and his wife did? Some of you simply love to repeat words over and over again. They do sound like a broken record.

  41. west bank crew
    August 6, 2014

    DA can do better ..don’t settle for this crap..from this DLP

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      You asked for it. If you think so, watch out for worst crap on the opposing side. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  42. Doc. Love
    August 6, 2014

    I believe the statement sent by the medical specialists to the press about being ALARMED was weak. Skeritt has made such an outrageous statement, accusing you of being a modern day pirate and all you can say to the press, “as part of their private practice sometimes our specialist medical officers travel to other islands to provide their specialist service.” Why didn’t this powerful medical organization asked Skeritt to withdraw the statement and apologize. I hope it isn’t because he has threatened to expose the good doctor with more damaging information. Sometimes, I get the impression, Mr. Lennox Linton is the only political feller in Dominica, who has two stones hanging in his pants.

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      There are too many of you, UWP supporters who are unjust. You give UWP a bad name; a further bad one. Do you know the harm you are effecting for UWP?
      At the end of the article did you read what Linton stated? He too should apologize. That man needs to apologize 99 times to 100.

  43. resident
    August 6, 2014

    Those specialist must say how they bleeding the system by charging people huge sums to do surgeries whilst utilizing all Government resources (drugs and staff) at the hospital and the money goes straight to the Specialist pocket and the Government gets nothing and then they want to complain about the system. Give me a break. Some even charging patients at the out-patient clinics on Government time…They don’t want us Dominicans to speak.

    • Papa Dom
      August 6, 2014

      At least they are providing a service. What is Charles Jong doing for the $96,000 he is being paid from the treasury? And don’t forget he can turn his back at anytime and still has to be paid. Do you happen to know the terms of his contract ? I suggest you go find out and tell us

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      And only now you speaking out coward, you should thank Dr Pascal for helping you to find your tongue. Your comment just further proves that the healthcare system is in disarray

    • Lordhelpus
      August 6, 2014

      How can you say that they specialist pocket all the money? That is a very uneducated and misinformed and may I add very stupid remark as simple investigations, if you would even have any surgery done at PMH you would note that there are hospital fees to he paid. Lord have mercy how ignorant can you be?????

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      Many unfair people gave you thumbs down. They do not like to read the truth. This is the way they are.
      Also operate when the operation was not necessary and charged an exorbitant sum of money. I know of a case but will let this one rest. There may be more.

  44. %
    August 6, 2014

    SKERRIT I call that Loss of Power Syndrome”””””. It starts gettintg to you? I CANNOT WAIT FOR POLLING DAY. Wonder if you will be on island or in Venezuela, Lybia, China,Monaco,North Korea,Cuba,!
    THE WRITING IS ON THE WALL you are smelling defeat.
    HOW LONG?
    NOT LONG!

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      If only you know what you stated. :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

  45. TIME CLOCK
    August 6, 2014

    The Specialists, not only the Specialists, all Dominicans should come out in full force to support Dr. Pascal and all other Dominicans that are being targeted by the Skeritt administration. WHAT NEXT WILL THESE MAD PEOPLE DO? The way that I see it is that no one is safe unless they support this corrupt regime! Dr. Pascal proved that he is a man with balls by condemning what is going on with the health care system in Dominica. Is he the only doctor that is seeing that something is wrong and has the gumption to talk about it?

    Something should have been done from the time the Marigot hospital was closed. A facility serving more that 5 communities was closed because of the incompetence of the ministry of health and nothing was done. Dr. Pascal has been making recommendations and the Skeritt administration have ignored them; now he is targeting him for speaking the truth. Dr. Irvin Pascal is from Marigot, does that have something to do with this attack Mr. PM?

    The PM seems to think that he is invincible but he must remember leaders such as Sadam, Gaddafi, Hitler and even his revered Shavez who was taken down by a small tumor. No one is spared the wrath of God Mr. PM, you will not hold Dominicans hostage for even. CHANGE IS A MUST.

  46. Lougaoo Mem
    August 6, 2014

    It’s a very sad time in our country today. But what’s worst about the current situation is the support that’s given to the government, knowing very well that Roosevelt Skerrit is out of control.

    People, there’s a time in life when you the supporters of this corrupt government will say enough is enough, and then, it will be too late. Here you have a leader who tells you lies day in and day out. You accept every thing he says and seems to be quite happy with the utterances he spews on the radio. Some of you join in singing the choruses, but little do you know that it’s going to haunt you one day. Go ahead, vote the Labor party back in power next election and find out who shall feel the pains of this arrogant dictator. For sure, it wont be me. God bless Dominica.

  47. Concerned
    August 6, 2014

    I too wonder how many of these specialist doctors they are referring to. Can someone tell me how many leave is given during the year to Specialist? Mr Pascal and his country man seem to think they can make excuses for their actions. So many times the medical officers and staff have to work countless hours ………. Only in Dominica. This nonsense requires urgent attention.

    • Lordhelpus
      August 6, 2014

      Government not even paying the specialists a decent salary. It is not even decent!!!!! When you have all your loan from school to pay and the little peanut government giving those guys all you want to come and talk. We lucky they even sticking around so much better opportunity right here in the Caribbean. All you ppl doe even know the struggle with that ministry of health. Zoh cani blagay we

  48. STX
    August 6, 2014

    correction the word should be think

  49. STX
    August 6, 2014

    what you guys thing the PM, should accept all abuses without responding. come on guys. Stop complaining and find a solution.

    • AA
      August 6, 2014

      Boss you are a joker. The pm should start accepting professional advice from our professionals and stop being a Jack…. That’s why the country is in such a mess because they don’t like to accept constructive criticism

    • JIM
      August 6, 2014

      @STX Sir/Madam It would take someone like you and Skerrit ( ) to use the opportunity to summarize a budget debate to talk about individuals who are speaking TRUTH TO POWER. Skerrit is obviously getting mad over the fact that the electorate is ready TO KICK HIS HELL OUT OF THEIR BUSINESS. He cannot do the nations business.! What he does best is to insult people like you, who has to go to him time and time again at the Red clinic. You are a lazy soul, who depend upon his handouts, so obviously you will see the wrong but will say it is right.

    • Umm
      August 6, 2014

      What IP said was not personal nor were they abuse, He was pointing out the areas lacking in an environment he works – which in his opinion (professional) would enhance the health care overall. Instead of responding in a professional manner the prime minister and minister if heath (disappoint) saw it fit to make this a personal thing.

      The Prime Minister and minister of health should do well to take constructive criticism about the areas lacking under their watch. Had the PM Responded saying; “inlight of recent concerns raised by a local doctor, we have made provision for this and for that in this budget….” he would have gone up in all of our estimations. Instead, like a spoilt, naive, ego driven man he chose to get personal instead of professional. The healthcare in Dominica, though better than certain third world countries is still very mediocre and lacking considering the advantages it has when compared to the same third world countries – therefore there is room for improvement and criticism points that area out

    • louisanne
      August 6, 2014

      Would you describe what the doctor wrote as abuse?

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      Nonsense. How was the PM attacked by someone speaking about the Health System? So, really and truly no one is free to voice a difference of opinion? All those supporting it will wake up when the chicken comes home to roost.

    • ohoh
      August 6, 2014

      Yes yes yes…

    • August 6, 2014

      So a professional offering solutions to a broken health system you call it abusing the PM? Seriously your mind is twisted like that of the PM.

      If IP was white I am sure he would have been paid by our government as a consultant for the same solutions he offered.

      THE PM SHOULD NOT BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS HIM. These professionals pays his salary and traveling allowance even from the moneys they make overseas. He needs to hush.

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      They lack respect and are digging holes, graves for themselves, in that their disappointment will be great. Wait and see..

  50. Shameless
    August 6, 2014

    I await condemnation to Skerrit and his compadre Tim -Tim from the various associations in the medical field. In particular the Dominica Nurses Association and the Dominica Association of Midwives (or whatever they are called.

    We cannot allow this mad man called PM to wantonly disrespect our professionals and Dominicans on a whole as if he is lord and god of all. He has already disrespected our healthcare system by considering it unfit for his wife during childbirth and now he finds it appropriate to attack the good Doctor for constructively critiquing a system that he believes is seriously wanting. Tim-Tim himself and the said illegal President had to seek treatment overseas due to the serious state of the healthcare system. But, I am obliged to remind the PM that CHANGE IS A MUST and power will soon evaporate from his grip. Careful its not the same IP that will have to lend him a helping hand for the toes we step on today MAY be connected to the A** we have to suck up to tomorrow. :twisted:

    Assertive, NOT Agressive!

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      If you were God you could confidently make that statement, change is a must but thank God, you are not God.

  51. Oh my
    August 6, 2014

    I have been following budget debates for the past twenty five years and l cannot recall hearing stupidness like what was said from a pm. Oh god, help us. You know best!

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      I agree 100%, to much rubbish in that childish budget.

    • ah ha
      August 6, 2014

      And yet after 25 years to still consider what lennox delivered as a budget? Think the radio was on over those years, you weren’t necessarily listening!

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      When this man speaks without a script only garbage comes out. Yet he reprimands Senator Lugay about being role model for our youths.

      • The Facts
        August 6, 2014

        Mapwee upon mapwee. What can anyone learn from that? :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:

    • The Facts
      August 6, 2014

      God knows how unfair people as you are. Leave him out of it. You are not operating in his love and interest. :twisted:

  52. AA
    August 6, 2014

    These bunch that have only basic degrees and think that they can come and control people who are professionals have another thing coming. those politicians should know that real professionals don’t fear for their jobs because they are well qualified and can go contribute to the development of other countries. This is not those a-kissers that parading as intelligent people.

    The government needs to apologies immediately for those comments made in parliament both by the pm and timothy, they need to apologies and retract those statements. failure to do this the real professionals needs to put the country in crisis.

    And this is the stink attitude that is being displayed by other labour operatives they think that professionals have to be a- kissers but they are realizing that real professionals don’t take s from they have options

  53. Anonymous
    August 6, 2014

    That’s very sad when our specialist doctors are feeling that they should be walking on egg shells. I believe soon our people will be seeking medical treatments oversees.

  54. Mamizoo
    August 6, 2014

    Isnt Dr Pascal the only ENT on the island and among the very few in the region? It is stupid to think that they can destroy a guy like Dr Pascal.

    our medical system is not good enough for the. Birth and delivery of his son. Not even focusing on the ultimate patriotism that should come from people who are given the mandate to lead .
    I am not surprised at the attack on professionals. We should all remember the attack on Joshua Francis, Ronald and Joseph Isaac. What about Thomson Fountaine, Gabriel Christian, Brian Alleyne. Do forget the attack on Patrick John.
    will attack even the poor and lowly-look at how they trampled upon the lady from Portsmouth who is a supporter of the Labor Party simply for speaking the truth about the housing shame. Look how they went at Marlene who simply disagreed with the behavior of Tony.
    I am not sure that there is anything thst would surprise me at this point particularly considering what Mr Emmanuel and his wife endured. After all many of us are aware of how the Papa and Baby Duc ran Haiti; Kadaffi Libya, Chavez Venezuela, Sadam Iraq etc.

  55. me myself and I
    August 6, 2014

    More professionals in Dominica need to talk about the kind of things that are happening. the nurses association, teachers association, building contractors association, truckers association, policemen, firemen. Jesus Christ all these associations are being affected and no one saying nothing. SHAME.
    HOW LONG NOT LONG. GOD IS IN CONTROL

  56. Curious
    August 6, 2014

    I want to know how many of the specialists said that. It it all of them? (How many) or 2 of them? Can DNO identify them for transparency and credibility? Until then I will see it as pascal and his pal scheming

    • Anonymous
      August 6, 2014

      LOL… Are you thinking straight????

  57. grell
    August 6, 2014

    Skerrit does not go to the hospital,all his medicals are done in the US,the poor fools in Dominica will se the light soon,this guy is a dictator that you people have created.

  58. lula
    August 6, 2014

    help us Lord

  59. hmmm
    August 6, 2014

    La Dicktator

  60. Brave Hart
    August 6, 2014

    The PM needs to stop these useless rants. We live in a democratic society where people must be free to oppose. Instead of attacking the messenger PM must deal with the message. PM Skerrit you are sounding like a man under pressure. Call the election before you lose your mind

  61. st.joe massiff#2
    August 6, 2014

    Skerritt …… his kingdom falling down…what a shame.. And the speaker sat there never shared a word of admonishment…Then again all of them hv nothing to lose cause when they fall sick they hv money to fly out for medical attention while DA PLE CANT.. So they take pleasure in destroying professionals who share different views… When the brains leave or remain silent then the rats will hv a field day…NO LAW NO COCONSTITUTION…There will be no voice of integrity in the land.

    • ravine
      August 6, 2014

      The Dictator has landed safely in Dominica with ably support from the church, the bar association and the justice system.. Congratulation Comrade Skerrit.

      • Knows better
        August 6, 2014

        Well said ravine, the church receive there money & hall with dominica , soon and very soon money will be not more .hold on king skerrit, u can’t go with the money’s

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