Davis says PM being ‘hypocritical’ on clinic for Ragged Island
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis said yesterday it is “hypocritical” that the government will spend $2.5 million to construct a new clinic on Ragged Island after dismissing the previous administration’s $6.6 million upgrade of the Smith’s Bay Clinic on Cat Island.
“I think it is hypocritical but, as I started off by saying, obviously the prime minister and the minister of health are not on the same page,” said Davis, who is the Cat Island MP.
“If they are, it points out the hypocrisy of their government, which has been a hallmark and trademark for them and their governance for the last two years.”
While noting that he was happy that the government was finally investing in the restoration of essential facilities for Ragged Island, Davis called on the government to focus more on establishing critical facilities throughout the Family Islands without worrying about the cost.
“I indicated to the part-time minister of health that we are not to measure… access to healthcare on the Family Islands against the cost of putting up a proper facility to provide that healthcare,” Davis said.
On Monday, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis announced that his government will invest $8 million to restore public infrastructure on Ragged Island, which was destroyed by Hurricane Irma in 2017.
He said $2 million will be designated for the construction of a school and teacher’s duplex; $2.5 will be for the construction of an administrator’s office, post office and court room; $1 million will be for the construction of a police station and accommodations for offices; and $2.5 million will be for the construction a new clinic.
In March 2018, Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands accused the previous administration of moving forward with a $6.6 million upgrade to the Smith’s Bay Clinic in Cat Island as the clinic faces a 40 percent decline in visits, according to The Tribune.
Cat Island has a population of 1,200 whereas Ragged Island has a population of around 50.