Boyce dismisses as ‘foolishness’ call for him to resign

Minister of Health John Boyce has dismissed as “foolishness” a call by former Minister of Health Elizabeth Liz Thompson for him to be fired over the long running sewage mess on the south coast.

Boyce said the call came as no surprise, although he did not say why he expected it.

However, he took a dig at Thompson, who had been sacked by then Prime Minister Owen Arthur back in 1999.

Boyce also questioned why Thompson, a former assistant secretary general of the United Nations, was playing an influential role in local politics.

“I am not surprised. I know former Minister Thompson was fired from the Cabinet of Owen Arthur. I think she works for the United Nations in some capacity but she seems to still be actively involved in the Barbadian political scene, I don’t know why,” Boyce told Barbados TODAY before entering Parliament this morning to participate in the resolution to divest land in the National Housing Corporation for heritage tourism.

Speaking to Barbados TODAY on the fringes of the sixth annual sustainability conference in St Eustatius earlier this week, Thompson said that along with Boyce Minister of the Environment Dr Denis Lowe, Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy, Minister of Water Resource Management Dr David Estwick and Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler should also be sacked immediately because of their failure to effectively manage the sewage crisis.

“This is unprecedented in our history to have raw sewage, toilet paper and sewage water just floating in the [Hastings area] around restaurants and around the streets where people live. And with Christmas coming up and the tourist season, it is a disaster, but it is typical of how the Democratic Labour Party have run the country,” Thompson had said.

Even more pressure was applied to the authorities yesterday by the Opposition Barbados Labour Party, with its candidate for Christ Church South Ralph Thorne, QC, strongly advising the affected residents and businesses to seek legal redress.

But it was a warning by the BLP’s Christ Church West candidate Dr William Duguid, a dentist by profession, that the situation was a “national disaster” that presented “significant risk of gastroenteritis, Hepatitis A, significant enterovirus problems, significant retrovirus problems, estracoli bacteria and a whole host of problems with diarrhea and all sorts of issues” for those who live and work in the area and those who traverse the Worthing and Hastings districts that caught Boyce’s attention.

And the minister sought to reassure Barbadians that his ministry was doing everything in its power to prevent an epidemic.

“We have been working with the Barbados Water Authority in mitigating the impact of this very serious breach of the sewage plant on the south coast. We have been in a number of high-level meetings to ensure that the officers from the Health Department are out there monitoring and ensuring that the public is aware of the kind of practices that they must maintain to ensure that there is no spread of any kind of disease,” Boyce said.

The minister further revealed that he had been monitoring the affected areas, pointing out that plans were in the pipeline to intensify communication to the affected residents and businesses.

20 Responses to Boyce dismisses as ‘foolishness’ call for him to resign

  1. Angela Payne
    Angela Payne December 8, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Lots of “monitoring” but no real action for over 12 months. Steupse.

  2. E Jerome Davis
    E Jerome Davis December 8, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    He is correct. It is foolishness to ask him to resign when he is going to lose his seat early next year.

  3. Cuthbert Lucas
    Cuthbert Lucas December 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    Instead of he fixing the srwsge on the south coast and ad Minister of health.he is worried about a hotel. He should get one vote

  4. Arthur Collymore
    Arthur Collymore December 8, 2017 at 10:31 pm

    I agree that you should resign but whether or not you do so is of little consequence because you’ll soon be retired.

  5. Ricardo Worrell
    Ricardo Worrell December 8, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Another inmate of the geriatric hospital masquerading as a minister

  6. Andrew Beckles
    Andrew Beckles December 8, 2017 at 11:28 pm

    No, doing a good job time to solve the problem.

  7. hcalndre December 9, 2017 at 3:42 am

    The affected residents and who ever should not be looking for lawyers, lawyers should be looking for them. This is a very,very serious problem, its not like waiting 3 and 4 hours on a bus every time. Boyce referred to Liz Thompson being fired by the last administration, if he and the others were working anywhere outside of Barbados they would have been fired and plenty of lawsuits but his boss is just as incompetent and clueless, his boss would say that he is not aware of the problem, so how is he going to fire them?

  8. John Millar
    John Millar December 9, 2017 at 4:12 am

    Don’t do it alone. Please have your team along with you

  9. Bajan boy December 9, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Arrogant lazy SOB masquerading as a Minister.

  10. harry turnover December 9, 2017 at 7:44 am

    John Boyce …if Owen Arthur was your PM you and Denis Lowe would have been fired a LONG TIME AGO,but look who is wunna leader ?
    People get rid of their WASTE ..but DEM keeping theirs…the people responsible for garbage and sewage still among DEM.
    If wunna want to keep them so be it ,but I know de people in gine vote fa people that feel at home among WASTE.

  11. John Everatt December 9, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Boyce states that the call for his resignation over the sewage disaster comes as no surprise to him. He has done nothing about the health risks of either the sewage crisis or the non performance of the garbage collection issue by the Sanitation Authority. He has simply not performed the job he is being well paid to do.

  12. milli watt December 9, 2017 at 10:09 am

    boyce don’t mind that tape worm of a parasite……….people vex because dem get fired and want you in the same boat.

  13. Alex Alleyne December 9, 2017 at 10:30 am

    You in “potta”, no if , but nor and.

  14. Alex Alleyne December 9, 2017 at 10:31 am

    You are correct, it’s foolishness asking you to resign, “YOU SHOULD BE FIRED”………..forthwith.

  15. seagul December 9, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    Are these words from a play ? ”I am not surprised. I know former Minister Thompson was fired from the Cabinet of Owen Arthur. I think she works for the United Nations in some capacity but she seems to still be actively involved in the Barbadian political scene, I don’t know why”. She is active because may be she cares about her country. Even before that article was written the minister should have been forced to resign.

  16. Greengiant December 9, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I give Arthur credit for one thing, “he fired those who caused embarrassment to the government during his time as PM”.

    Liz Thompson actually used the word ‘unprecedented’? The Golden Shower at Silver Sands, Greenland landfill, the Humming bird, Lady Bird and the other birds (houses) that never flew out of Queen’s Park or N H C yard when she was a minister of cabinet are all unprecedented too. They never happened before or even after they happened.

    Every ministry under her watch incurred cost overruns on projects. The thought of this lady returning to cabinet in any capacity is like friday the 13th part …. What she will contribute to the opposition’s campaign is itself testimony of the desperation of the current opposition leader.

    Sewerage systems in London backed up earlier this year, causing overflows, this is a mechanical accident that can occur with any mechanical system wherever they’re located. I think the communication could have been handled better, but the fact is we probably have no mechanical engineers here with the experience of dealing with these issues. The positive side is by the time it’s resolved, we will have the experience personnel. Those who wish to see the history of overflowing sewerage systems can google it as I have.

    So while it’s a national issue, it’s embarrassing, and there is a health risk. The opposition and it’s operatives need to stop using this for political mileage, as this will not force the government to call the election any sooner, and will only serve to negatively affect the lives of the very constituents you claim you care about. The lot of you here need to think about that as well.

    Ralph is just another tired attorney who wants to spend 10 years in parliament, guarantee a parliamentary pension, have his law practise going as he plans for retirement. What better way to serve the masses than in the courts of Barbados?

    These new candidates are like new wine in old tattered wineskin. The BLP and DLP have established ideologies, new candidates have to fall in line, they cannot effect the changes needed to give Barbados back to the people, they should have joined or formed a new party. Over the years these two parties have changed candidates, even leaders, but their ideologies have remained firmly in tact.

  17. Lorenzo December 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    GreenGiant when you all going to accept responsibility for problems caused by your mismanagement.What Elizabeth Thompson past history got to do with the current South Coast problem?I drove in that area last Sinday and the stench is unbelievable,which could lead to a health crisis and you on here talking nonsense about Liz Thompson.I guess you do not live or have any relatives in that area but if you did put yourself in their position,how would you feel?It seems that instead of feeling for your fellow bajan your mission,is to play politics and the blame game you are a disgrace for a human being with no compassion at all for people,s suffering.Tell me something has Dr Estwick visited the area as yet or the PM?

  18. Helicopter(8P) December 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    As the perminant secretery of the Ministry of Transport and Works had mentioned to the young graduates of high schools; ” We need to have more graduate engineers of various principals.

  19. Ann Thomas December 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Sorry Minister, have to agree with Liz on this one. You need to go, and take your colleagues with you.

  20. Greengiant December 10, 2017 at 6:05 am

    @Lorenzo: If I’m a disgrace for reminding Barbadians about the past failures of Liz while acknowledging the failings of this government to address the sewerage problem on the south coast.

    I guess I can describe you as a disguise for a human being. All I’ve said is when the opposition leader has to turn to Liz to drive her campaign, there is a clear sign of desperation. That does not remove or reduce the failings of this administration Lorenzo.

    You always comment quite viciously whenever the BLP or anything related is under the microscope, I’m quite sorry for you because like the DLP, the nakedness of the BLP too will be exposed very shortly.


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