Make haste

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.

The St John Polyclinic has not yet opened its doors.
The St John Polyclinic has not yet opened its doors.

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.

St John MP Mara Thompson
St John MP Mara Thompson

“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.

53 Responses to Make haste

  1. Santini More
    Santini More November 12, 2014 at 7:33 am

    Oh wow! The only thing Mara even pretended she was going to do, and it is a complete and utter failure. Kinda sums up her and her party.

  2. Trevor Whittaker
    Trevor Whittaker November 12, 2014 at 7:54 am

    Who is Responsible?

  3. Trevor Whittaker
    Trevor Whittaker November 12, 2014 at 8:02 am

    Stealing stealing:Maxi priest:lets pray:$:

  4. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde November 12, 2014 at 8:19 am

    I would find anything to say to appear an adequate representative too, but sadly that’s just not the case no matter how may pleas impassioned or not come from the floor of parliament.

  5. Charles Tibbits
    Charles Tibbits November 12, 2014 at 8:22 am

    how will they finish it if they have no money!!!

  6. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 12, 2014 at 8:24 am

    I assume what already happened in the 90’s is going to strike again when the crew will start quarreling with one another and break up the whole party, according to Mighty Gabby in 2000 when he sang about “A Conversation with Barrow”.

  7. Anna Bovell
    Anna Bovell November 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    I think people are judging Mara to harshly . She doesn’t have any real rank in the DLP ( not to say that she doesn’t ) but her power is very limited . She is doing all she can do and that is ask and to be quite honest , they should listen . That expenditure could generate some employment but that project would have to be dealt with at the end of 2015 .

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde November 12, 2014 at 9:08 am

      Oh dear you’re new aren’t you? You do realise her “powers” have nothing to do with representation right? I’m also curious to note when if not now while her party holds government will her “powers” and influence be unleashed to the benefit of her constituents. The government is cash strapped…who’s going to bankroll the polyclinic’s completion when rudimentary service provision and financing it’s other health institutions are in a critical state. Ryan Bayne Chris Wilson…what’s this about?

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne November 12, 2014 at 9:25 am

      Trouble in the house, Margaret Lorde

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde November 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

      No I like facts and when I’m unsure about something I ask questions I asked the young lady three questions because of said unsure state. I want rude was I? Ryan

    • Margaret Lorde
      Margaret Lorde November 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

      No I like facts and when I’m unsure about something I ask questions I asked the young lady three questions because of said unsure state. I want rude was I? Ryan

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne November 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

      No, Margaret. You tell it like it is.

    • Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite
      Glenda Ifill- Applewhaite November 12, 2014 at 10:12 am

      That comment is too ridiculous! The PEOPLE of St. John gave her the power!

    • Lester Louison
      Lester Louison November 12, 2014 at 2:08 pm

      You sound like 12 #girlbye

    • Anna Bovell
      Anna Bovell November 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

      You all people fail to.realise that she is a member of a political party and she has to put foward whatever plans she thinks are best to to the party for them to pass. Yes she was elected to the house but she still has to negotiate within her party for the people of st. John. I guess me looking at the actual procedure makes me , new young and ignorant?. I guess realistically looking at a situation where a government is cash strapped and all MP’s are fighting for money to benefit their constituents I guess the public must be lead to believe that in the internal politics of this party Mara would get money before Chris or her projects get put before those offered by kellman. BTW representation in the house is not so directly related to the completion of projects to the extent as was presented either . It has alot do with voicing the opinions of her constituents in policy making and voicing their needs , which as you can see mara is doing . Completition of projects is not the end all of representation. I am 18 and I can see how internal party politics affects how constituents are treated especially depending on who their representative is and the power they hold within their party. Meanwhile a throng of adults are ready to slit my throat for seeing such and saying so because I decide to consider that factor when I speak. I understand you all have an axe to grind with the DLP everybody does at this point but to leave out critical parts of an arguement to enforce your agenda is infact a type of fallacy used in persuasion. Stop it! There are two sides to coin look at both. Internal and external politics affect and run all political parties and affects what constituents get. You all sound needlessly agressive and down right immature. Attacking my youth is the right way to go because my opinion differs. #Stellar. You all are older so since in 12 Lester you should know better. Let’s not even discuss how in such a bad situation its unfair to judge any mp based on the completion of projects. As for Margret , to answer your question please review the keneysian model of economics. Government expenditure is needed to create further employment to keep the economy turning . If any project should be undertaken as projects are already pre-budgeted for in a portfolio of extra. Expenenses long before would cater to that. That’s how you see the government still doing these things . Money is allocated for projects in every budget its a part of how they move . Also Barbados is on the verge of a health care reform these things are a part of that reform. I merely suggested should government expenditure need a boost this project would be helpful. About the state of of health care in Barbados , I am sure you recently saw the cuts to that department your point is valid however I am sure you also the “fraud squad” enter that department . QEH and polyclinics were leaking money all over the place like crazy. Hence. Why they were called in. There is no telling how effective sinckler’s policies will be. However should that puppet complete his mission these cuts by all means should diminish and money should return to the health care sector. This is should sinckler do his job. . I am no prophet I cannot tell you when but as health care is so pertinent if cuts are to be finished health care should be one of the first.Good day to all. The government has a predetermined level of expenditure …. This project could slip in before others .The people of st. John should get that polyclinic before another random set of roads get fixed. If they have to spend a certain level of prop up the economy by mandate …. Let this fall in there . Let’s the hacking continue …. My skin is very thick if below the belt blows are what you all have . I am ready.

    • John Nicholls
      John Nicholls November 12, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      People what more do you expect her to say? The St John people told Barrow not to worry about them they were fine to go look after the rest of Barbados. What makes anyone think things have changed? Truth be told I don’t even think they need a representative.

  8. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett November 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    good, intelligent, articulate,hardworking bajans were relieved of their jobs……dumb ass people doing nothing for barbados or anyone raking in thousandsof taxpayers dollars…on top of all they already have…smhthis country is becoming a communist…where the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer

  9. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne November 12, 2014 at 8:26 am

    Nice one, Trevor Whittaker. We don’t know how we and dem a go work it out (Bob Marley).

  10. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner November 12, 2014 at 8:53 am

    Stupseeee bare jokes

  11. Chris Wilson
    Chris Wilson November 12, 2014 at 9:00 am


  12. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield November 12, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Seriously! I guess she had to say say something

  13. Ralph White
    Ralph White November 12, 2014 at 9:19 am

    All of the Polyclinics need to undergo a major overhaul as this would help to and stop the flow of persons going to QEH AE department. Many can not afford the likes of FMH and Sandy Crest. However they need to have doctors and nurses. If they were smart they could lease the Polyclinics under license like a franchise.

    • Kirk Watkins
      Kirk Watkins November 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

      And have Bajans revolt because they’re -gasp- privatised?! Such common sense has no place in this island Ralphie.

  14. Martyn Ackee Tree
    Martyn Ackee Tree November 12, 2014 at 9:21 am

    Happy she has found her mouth. But at the same time it is pure antics. She has the most powerful constituency in Barbados and is pretty much useless. So unfortunate.

  15. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde November 12, 2014 at 9:25 am


  16. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 9:27 am

    What a shame, you have to be begging your own Government to finish de Polyclinic. Stupse.

  17. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    A whole year in Parliament and those are the most words i hear you say. Cud-dear.

  18. Olive Small
    Olive Small November 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

    I behaving but “it true”

  19. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    When ever de Polyclinic done, beg them to fix de roads too.

  20. Margaret Lorde
    Margaret Lorde November 12, 2014 at 9:31 am

    I’m trying not to laugh because I would love to add more to that comment…my fingers started to type but what is right isn’t always prudent.

  21. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua November 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

    FINALLY…..I though she was voted in as a silent parliament representer all this time…

  22. Sterlin Blackman
    Sterlin Blackman November 12, 2014 at 9:57 am

    In that by-election this was such a heavy topic that i thought it was finished by now…. but i guess it was just another trick/lie …. when will we bajans learn i don’t know

  23. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 10:14 am

    Come on Anna, no one is judging Mara harshly, she is the only politician that has a sure seat, and after all this time, she here pleading with her own party for help. Stupse.

    • Anna Bovell
      Anna Bovell November 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Owen had a ‘sure seat ” forever and he did next to nothing for st.peter , yet his praises were sung and he is yet to lose the seat . What you are looking at is internal party politics at work ,it has a name . That fact that she has a ” sure seat ” works against her . She doesn’t have to work so hard to keep loyalty means she would be the last to get if anything is sharing. Her power at the polls is not the same in the party … how does nobody see that .

    • Carol Grant Cumberbatch
      Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 7:06 pm

      You are missing the point Anna. Try to understand the reason why we made the comments. And stop talking Shit.

    • Cherise Unique Rock
      Cherise Unique Rock November 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm

      Which rock you live under? Did nothing for St. Peter? Really! Stupse. You must have never driven through St. Peter.

  24. Frank Gilkes
    Frank Gilkes November 12, 2014 at 10:47 am


  25. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore November 12, 2014 at 10:57 am

    This project was restarted in 2012 for the 2013 elections even though it was not budgeted for. The reason was to shame the BLP for not completing it after the DEMS lost office in 1994. That it is not yet finish comes as no suprise to me. This polyclinic sums up the tenure of this govt in office – arrogant, useless, ignorant, stiff-neck, inefficient etc. I think u get the point.

  26. Herbert Joseph
    Herbert Joseph November 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    We love you Miss Barbados 2010 Delegate for Miss Plus Caribbean Universe 2012

  27. Prince Shepheard
    Prince Shepheard November 12, 2014 at 11:23 am

    brutes bite off more than they could chew showing off ,just so they could stick Tompy name on pun it , but cud dear they were grieving at the time and wanted to prove ah point ,wanna to arrogant

  28. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham November 12, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Just a lot of long talk talk how come they say they don,t have no money but they are as fat as can be an when any thing is wrong with any of them they does up an run over seas who ,s money are they spending ?????????????

  29. sam clarke November 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm

    There is an old political saying that goes like this” All politics is Local”. There is a saying that goes ” be careful what you ask for, for you very well might get it:. The people of Barbados said they wanted change, and they got nickels and dimes. They did not appreciate the quality of governance that the Barbados Labour Party was giving them, until the meet this bunch.
    Now St. John has consistently been voting for the DLP, and it has given them two Prime Ministers, who has given St. Jon NOTHING IN RETURN. But St. John, you deserve better, and i hope that you are accordingly to the Might Pitch Up ” KEEPING YOUR SUMS”. For there will be a time of reckoning coming soon.
    So these are crocodile tears, by your representative.
    She has been with this silly bungling bunch for the giddy up.

  30. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson November 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    Let some one hold this seat you all do nothing for this parish those before you and now you

  31. Jeremy No
    Jeremy No November 12, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    This is how you know,these people making sport at poor people.Dont get me wrong. But if its one person that should know how the government pocket stand,would be her.So please tell us.Are we missing something here.and this also sounds like she can say ,pay our people they income tax.Because u are talking like the money is there

  32. Ian Matic Gale
    Ian Matic Gale November 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    She seems not to understand the definition of a “cash-flow problem”..

    Take all de money that was used to grease wunna hands n finish build it..

  33. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne November 12, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    Some Bajans to love to jump on a band wagon I tell yah

  34. jr smith November 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Its not a corporate building. for us to them by them, this is for the interest of the people. But not in the interest of some people.

  35. jr smith November 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    This is not a corporate building, by them from the to them, this is for the interest of the people, not in the interest of some people.

  36. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    Well i guess what i said hurt somebody feelings so my comment was deleted.

  37. Carol Grant Cumberbatch
    Carol Grant Cumberbatch November 12, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I respect everyone comments and view, each of us have a freedom of speech, so stop deleting what i say, if what i said offended the person well find something else to read.

  38. kay-rani rosita November 12, 2014 at 9:25 pm

    “Apostle” perhaps next time you should try praying first before you open your mouth.

  39. kay-rani rosita November 12, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Eighteen going on eighty, well said Ms Bovell, well said!


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