$34M ‘monument’ for Thompson, says Marshall

An Opposition Member of Parliament has blasted the Freundel Stuart administration for spending $34 million on what he called a monument to late Prime Minister David Thompson.

In a strongly-worded presentation to the House of Assembly today, St Joseph representative Dale Marshall was unapologetic, charging that there was inequity in the way Government was spending taxpayers’ money.

Speaking on a resolution to secure an additional $1.8 million for the St John polyclinic, which now carries Thompson’s name,  Marshall insisted that while the administration had spent tens of millions of dollars creating an edifice for the late prime minister, St Joseph residents had to settle for a poorly-maintained clinic at Horse Hill.

However, Minister of Health John Boyce, in his response to Marshall’s broadside, accused the Opposition MP of “pure grandstanding . . . on the eve of a general election”.

Boyce told the House that the Eric Holder Junior Complex in St Joseph was a project conceptualized by the former administration and Marshall should have lobbied for the clinic to be included in the facility which houses a court, post office, welfare department other state facilities in the modern building.

Marshall had earlier described the Horse Hill clinic as the most poorly run health care facility in the country.

“It is time the Government accepts responsibility” for the state of the country, Marshall said, calling on the current administration to stop blaming the Barbados Labour Party for its own mistakes.

He poined out that the ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) was in power for almost ten years, adding that its members should own the economic and social situation facing the country and stop looking for excuses.

While suggesting that he was happy for the people of St John that they finally got the facility at Gall Hill completed and in operation, Marshall slammed the $34 million spent, saying it was a “manic attempt to complete a DLP vanity exercise”.

The St Joseph MP told the House, “half the time” the doctor assigned at the Horse Hill Clinic was not present, leaving many patients in limbo, while frequently there was no maid, leaving the facility in a “state of uncleanliness”.

Describing a state of neglect at the Horse Hill Clinic, Marshall claimed there were frequent shortages of medication, while at the David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex, patients enjoyed the luxury of a gym on site.

Furthermore, the Opposition spokesman called for “fairness” in the distribution of Government resources.
According to him, a society was judged by the way it treated its most vulnerable.

In his wrap up to debate on the money resolution, Boyce touted the work of those in the polyclinic system, while rejecting suggestions that clinics should be operated on a 24-hour basis.

He said while three polyclinics operated extended hours of service, they were not in a position to take the place of the main Queen Elizabeth Hospital on Martindales Road.

Source: (IMC)

22 Responses to $34M ‘monument’ for Thompson, says Marshall

  1. Thunder October 17, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    What utter nonsense,where is the 34 million going to come from?how can you spend such money on a monument when the average Barbadian is suffering, the D.L.P party will go down in history as the worst party in history, this is why I will continue to say vote them out!

    • Mark My Word October 18, 2017 at 12:49 am

      Thunder you not sounding good as you forgot Greenland land fill, millions of dollars in people pockets and no landfill to show what can be worst than that FIASCO, the Golden shower in Silver Sands that cost a fortune the prison and highway extension the Gems and Edutect failed projects and the list goes on , Thunder you now come town.

      • Sunshine Sunny Shine October 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

        The DLP got to get there money one way or the other. They cannot give pay rises, back pay, or pay people their tax return money. But, the pretensive looking for money crooks are finding ways of spending large sums of money on a bunch of rubbish. 33 million on a monument. That sounds like a lot of splits to me.

    • AngryGuy October 19, 2017 at 10:54 am

      I think the 34 million is already spent, judging from how the article went. The Polyclinic cost 34 million and it seems they are looking for another 1.8 million after coming out and saying that the polyclinic was built within budget

    • harry turnover October 19, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Thunder if you would READ AND UNDERSTAND what you read you would have seen that Marshall was calling the David Thompson Clinic ( now costing $34 million) a MONUMENT furthermore the word monument is in italics.

  2. patty October 17, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    politics and politricks…what a tangle web we weave. I am happy for the St. John Polyclinic

  3. Miche October 17, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    $34M ‘monument’ for Thompson, says Marshall…He and his colleges on that side are well aware of the cost,I grant them that, for it was they who pushed it there in the first place,,,,,,, Ask them what was the original cost when it was started, and all but 55%complete,,,,,Let Dale Asscoll,say what it would have cost Barbadian tax payers,,had his Government done the right thing,and finished construction when they stole (Not win)the permission to rule this country for a season….They in their arrogance,allowed that building to sit and rot,for close to 14 years,in the time of plenty,and now got the guts to come up with that inflated price,,,,,,And have the gall to call such a useful part of our health department a’MONUMENT’,,,but why should that surprise us,,,,you called that beautiful Edifice uo on Two mile hill a’WHITE ELEPHANT’ And now look,,,,in fact ,look at the both of them,,,,They stand there,Strong And stately, a gift to future generations,and a Thorn in your(Dale Asscol and those he romp with) side

    • harry turnover October 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm

      Wunna coulda wait until the economy improved before wunna start it back…so wha you telling me, furthermore there were far more important projects to think about.Why wunna din finish it when wunna had the chance in the first 5 years ?
      The completion of that project is what got Barbados in the doldrums today….and they didn’t steal the Government then…it was GIVEN to them by SANDIE…get ya facts straight big man.

  4. Timothy Thomas October 18, 2017 at 12:22 am

    @Miche, which administration was in power when the SJP was halted?

  5. Mark My Word October 18, 2017 at 12:53 am

    BLP was in power for 15 long years and failed to upgrade the Clinic in Horse Hill and one Dale Marshall now wake up and realize that..

    • The Truth October 18, 2017 at 12:31 pm

      when last you saw St joseph Clinic?

  6. Mark Adamson October 18, 2017 at 7:40 am

    Dale Marshall is a complete and unadulterated political buffoon!!

    Simple as that!!

    The last BLP government that he was part of racked up substantial cost overruns in this country, so much so that such became a serious national political issue in the lead up to the 2013.

    The last BLP government grossly and recklessly mismanaged and maladministrated so many of this country’s affairs that it was not really funny then or now.

    Here are a few examples of the projects that involved serious costs overruns in this country.

    The Crab Hill police station in St. Lucy when being built saw substantial cost overruns.

    Another the Glebe Municipal complex in St. George when being built saw substantial cost overruns.

    Another the NHC Warrens Offices in St. Michael also saw enormous cost overruns.

    These are just some examples of the gross and reckless mismanagement and maladministration that Marshall’s BLP undertook in this country.

    Mr. Randall Rouse must take care of the rampant political joker this time once and for all.

    Vote Rouse Next Election!!

    • miche October 18, 2017 at 8:18 am

      You said that “Dale Marshall is a complete and unadulterated political buffoon!!” I must say that the at position is being fiercely competed for By a once respected , thought to be Educated person who now represents one of our central parishes…..; My late Grand dad would have called her ,and Educated Ass

      • miche October 18, 2017 at 8:19 am

        That position

  7. miche October 18, 2017 at 8:12 am

    It is a proven fact,that the members of the Opposition B.L.P suffer from Political Amnesia.

  8. Cleston October 18, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    So because the clinic in St.Josepg wasn’t upgraded in the 15 years under the BLP, it’s ok to for it not to be done in the 10 years under the DLP? That’s the last refuge of a poor government. Play the blame game

  9. guyk October 18, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    How can you justify 34 million being spent on one and zero on the other??

  10. Philip Kinch October 18, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    The Minister responsible for health has to be a real jackass when it comes to being responsible……..any right thinking human being should know that any health institution has to be isolated from any other public place that….. ‘cote uncote’….healthy persons congregate……geeeez ma??!!!???

  11. Angela October 18, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    Why should David Thompson have a monument anyhow? The edifice in St. John’s Church Is quite enough. What did he do for the country….Clico?? Etc. This government is a disgusting disgrace. Land tax on West Coast homes has doubled. I know people that are putting their properties up for sale because they are sick of being sc….d by this Adminisration.

  12. annoyed October 19, 2017 at 9:54 am

    the same money wanna takeing an doing crap with…..why not put it to way much better use an raise ppl that working hard an have children to feed an bills to pay wages when the week come…..rather than building ah useless statute of a dead man….tings hard an prices keep going sky high….an wanna can take dat kind of money an waste it

  13. Leroy October 19, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    That 34million is just what they tellung you but most of that money in them pocket an chris sinkler yot that in port st charles

    • Mark My Word October 19, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Leroy the Clinic is there up and running for the people of St. John, St.Joseph ,St.Phillip, St.George what is the $30 million Greenland land fill doing for the people other than put money in the BLP yard ducks pockets

      Somebody should get lock up in Dodds for Greenland before the Statute of limitations passes.

      Statutes of limitations are laws passed by legislative bodies in common law systems to set the maximum time after an event within which legal proceedings may be initiated.


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