St John MP calls on govt to speed up polyclinic completion
Speed up the work on the St John Polyclinic for the sake of the people in the parish.
This was the impassioned plea from the floor of Parliament today from St John Member of Parliament Mara Thompson as she called on Government to speed up work on the long awaited facility.
The polyclinic, due to carry the name of the MP’s late husband David Thompson, has been under construction for over a decade.
“There are numerous families in St John and those families have come to me time and again . . . complaining about having to still attend the inadequate facility at Gall Hill, St John,” she said.
“It is also torturous for them to walk past the spanking facility at [Glebe Land], see how beautiful it looks and yet they are unable to enter it when having health problems.
“Only this morning, a seven-year-old boy had to be taken down to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with an asthma attack and it occurred to me that if the facility at the Glebe were ready, he would have been there within seconds and would have been sorted out,” Thompson added.
The St John Polyclinic was to be opened two years ago, but that did not materialize.
During the Estimates Debate in Parliament earlier this year, Minister of Health John Boyce acknowledged that the cost for the long proposed polyclinic had risen from $16 million to $24 million.