Agard overseas for medical treatment

Member of Parliament for Christ Church West Dr Maria Agard has been explaining her recent absence from the political scene.

When contacted by Barbados TODAY late Saturday, Agard, who has been battling an unspecified illness, confirmed that she has been receiving medical treatment abroad since February 14.

However, she did not provide details.

Dr Maria Agard has been missing in action in recent weeks on account of illness.

The former Barbados Labour Party (BLP) member, who was ousted from the Mia Mottley-led Opposition back in November 2015, currently sits as an independent in the House of Assembly.

Even in her absence, the Christ Church West representative, who was elected to Parliament in 2013, continues to be factored into the political mix, though she is yet to confirm her participation in the next general elections, which are constitutionally due within the next 12 months.

Earlier this week, political scientist Dr George Belle suggested to Barbados TODAY that Agard should join forces with the Opposition in a bid to oust the Stuart administration from office, while General Secretary of the ruling Democratic Labour Party George Pilgrim told reporters on Thursday he would gladly welcome her into the DLP fold.

The ruling party currently commands 16 of the 30 seats in Parliament, with the BLP controlling 12.

In recent weeks, speculation has also been rife over the political future of the other independent member of the House — former Prime Minister Owen Arthur, who left the BLP in 2014.

However, with the Government operating on a deficit and the Barbados dollar currently under threat, Arthur has suggested that fixing the economy is far more pressing than any election.



41 Responses to Agard overseas for medical treatment

  1. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler February 26, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Hope you’re OK.

  2. VotedX February 26, 2017 at 5:11 am

    I hope she is ok too but in all fairness Maria has been missing for the last few years now. I wish I had it that east that I couod get paid for a job as a rep and not have to put in the work. Get well soon.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall February 26, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Wishing you feel better.

  4. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt February 26, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Hope it is not serious.

  5. seagul February 26, 2017 at 8:21 am

    From the house of Seagul we wish you great health and endurance Dr. Agard.

  6. Carson C Cadogan February 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

    “….. the Barbados dollar currently under threat”

    Where did this come from?

    The Barbados Labour Party and its supporters? It is a dangerous thing getting your information from the Barbados Labour Party!!!!!!!

    • hcalndre February 26, 2017 at 3:00 pm

      @Carson C Cadogan: I`m trying to figure you out, but I can`t, I want to know from you if you are for real. I would like to hear your truthful opinion about the barbados` economy and if your brain is outside of your head.

    • Peter February 26, 2017 at 10:04 pm

      Carson C Cadogan . it is the DEMs that place the Barbados currency in that situation. Wunna was depending on Guyana to use the Barbados dollar to purchase US dollars to help bale Wunna out of devaluation. Now the only thing Stuart and Sinkler can do is set up a Gold and Diamond trade exchange here in Barbados, Buy Guyana Gold in Barbados Dollars and sell it in US dollars as a middle man export application as the US does with their shopping zones. Carson, C Cadogan, You idiot.

  7. Jus me February 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

    So why we csn only get QEH


  8. Aneta February 26, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Carson Carson. Everyone Wishing Dr. Agard well and you darn well getting political. Everyone knows you’re a true blooded dem. Don’t matter what dem do. Wrong wrong or almost right. You like trump and his supporters. Stupse stupse

    Dr. Agard I wish you a full and speedy recovery.

  9. Winnie Meade
    Winnie Meade February 26, 2017 at 10:12 am

    My dear i do hope everything go well for you please put god first x

    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor February 26, 2017 at 10:25 am

      God is able to do more than we can ask or think I pray that you will be healed . Blessings Amen

  10. Hewers of wood February 26, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Could the treatment not been done here at the QEH??? We got excellent facilities!!!!

    • Coralita February 26, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      That’s her choice, respect it!

      Dr. Agard I wish you a speedy recovery.

    • hcalndre February 26, 2017 at 2:46 pm

      Get well soon, DR. Agard. H O wood: QEH is the best says the politicians but they hurry off to NY or Miami when something is not right with them.

      • Hewers of wood February 26, 2017 at 4:22 pm

        Thats my point. Non thinkers.

    • Peter February 27, 2017 at 8:23 am

      Where Hewers of wood? That Grenadian political placement we call the CEO is forever in the media either begging Philanthropists for money and donations. important equipment outdated and not working, They are badly in need of a multilevel car park . Facilities what? That place needs a massive make-over. People go there to die. It’s the official departure lounge of life.

      • Hewers of wood February 27, 2017 at 7:05 pm

        @Peter – you got that right.

  11. Mack February 26, 2017 at 11:04 am

    My best wishes to Dr. Agard. The stress of Political confusion may be adding to her woes. She should dedicate more of her time to self healing and put the polatics on the back burner. Just a little advice from some one who know about stress and what it could do to you.

  12. jrsmith February 26, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Wishing the (DR ) well , but please dont ever consider to join that democratic lot.. you would be better off trying to rejoin the (BLP)..
    @, Aneta, hail, hail , I am a (Trump) supporter 100%, from start to finish……wish we had some one like him in politics in barbados.. would’nt it be nice bajans saying barbados first or making barbados great again….

    • Jennifer February 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      jrsmith – Well said. I am with you on Mr Trump. Big supporter. We need strong leaders like him on board.

      Wish the Dr well.

  13. Adrian Allison
    Adrian Allison February 26, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    It’s refreshing that commentators here has chosen to put Maria’s health above any political considerations.
    Ms Agard, we wish you well and hope you have a fast recovery.

  14. Harry February 26, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    except that rabid politically blind CCC

  15. Mar Git
    Mar Git February 26, 2017 at 7:05 pm

    Barbados ain’t good enough for health care? Lol politician go overseas and citizens have to deal with their product.

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison February 26, 2017 at 11:45 pm

      No one wants to knock our health care system but the reality is that it is lacking so obviously people’s faith in what used to be standard of fantastic health care is now a thing of the past.
      Unfortunately that’s the reality so I would never criticize anyone for wanting the best that they can get especially when it comes to life or death situations.

    • Mar Git
      Mar Git February 27, 2017 at 5:05 am

      Of course, but what option does the small man has????? That’s what politician are there for, to make life better and don’t let the poor suffer

      • Jennifer February 27, 2017 at 6:06 am


        They don’t work for you. They are bred for another purpose.

  16. gsmiley February 26, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    H.O.W not QEH doesn’t offer everything. There are some treatments you will have to go overseas for and that’s a fact.

    Best wishes Dr Agard

  17. Mikey February 26, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    @jrsmith,, You are so blind that you cannot read Trump’s message !!!
    Trump is out to make Trump greater again. He tried declaring bankruptcy about three time before. Hope he becomes greater and greater. Which Americans do you think he means ???
    Keep on your blinkers and blindfold .

  18. Maryam February 26, 2017 at 8:26 pm

    Wishing you successful treatment.

  19. tru fact February 26, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    wish her well in health and wish her ill at the polls. she is the worst form of politician we have ever had in our area

  20. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke February 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    Why overseas? What ‘s wrong with our health service in Barbados.

    • hcalndre February 26, 2017 at 11:06 pm

      @Lauraine Clarke, good question, ask bajan Don, the MOH and the silent one.

    • Adrian Allison
      Adrian Allison February 26, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      Sorry to say but the reality is that it’s lacking.
      Pray you don’t have an emergency and have to go to the QEH, worse yet without cash or health insurance.
      No one wants to knock the our health system but when it comes to matters of life and death anyone wants the best that they can afford, that’s the reality.

  21. Khati D
    Khati D'Souza February 27, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I hate ignorance. She may not be my cup of tea but why bash the woman if she sick and can afford to get better health care overseas? wunna heartless? Hope you get better soon lady.

  22. Rosemary P. Leon February 27, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Hope you feel better soon Maria. Blessings.

  23. Greengiant February 27, 2017 at 10:34 am

    I would love to see her get well, run as an independent and win. Then she can serve the people first, and not a political party.

  24. Greengiant February 27, 2017 at 10:36 am

    How are things in the city Rosemary Please?

  25. Donild Trimp February 27, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    February 26, 2017 at 1:27 pm
    ——– I am with you on Mr Trump. Big supporter. We need strong leaders like him on board”

    Is it really you?

    • Hewers of wood February 27, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      @Donild Trimp – I like your way of thinking already. He has an agenda i want to see fulfill. The thing is our leaders does not have an inch of his spine i tell ya.

    • Jennifer February 27, 2017 at 7:16 pm

      @Donald Trimp – It is me100% I cannot see why people do not like the man, forget racist. Most of these people are that is why they voted for him. If you do not stand up and speak out it means you are for it. Mr Trump will cause so much trouble on the earth that it will lead to many other problems. Many in the caribbean are in lala land and need to be awaken out of sleep.


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