Dems not taking health seriously
Remove Value Added Tax from food items and it will result in a smaller health bill.
This advice from former Minister of Economic Affairs in the Barbados Labour Party administration, Mia Mottley.
Speaking last night in Quaker’s Road, Carrington Village,St. Michael at a BLP meeting, the incumbent for St. Michael North East said that the Democratic Labour Party Government was not taking the health of Barbadians seriously.
She added that daily both young and older people were “dropping” and this was as result to what they ate. She said that people who wanted to eat properly could not because healthier foods were to expensive and out of the reach of the average Barbadians.
But the attorney-at-law promised that once the BLP was elected as the Government of Barbados one of the first things they would do was once again would be to exempt certain food items from VAT, similar to when the Owen Arthur-led Government first introduced the tax.
“The fruits and the vegetables, the stuff for the diabetics use… Unless you make certain food items cheaper by reducing the duties on them, you are going to increase the number of the people going in the hospital or worst than that dropping dead in this country,” she argued.
“Part of the difficulties is that working families and poor people cannot afford a lot of the things that they need to be eating. There is no sense having people not afford them, then you have to turn around and pay more for them at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“Every day people falling down with strokes, diabetes — going blind and getting amputations to all kinds of things… Every day people having heart attacks. I am not only talking the talk, I lost weight because I realised I reached a stage in my life at 47 that when you carrying pressure any number can play,” Mottley said. (KC)