Media per­son­nel re­minded to fol­low pro­to­cols at VH

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the Min­istry of Health, Well­ness, Hu­man Ser­vices and Gen­der Re­la­tions, the Min­istry ac­knowl­edges the im­por­tant role of the Media in its de­liv­ery of ser­vice to the gen­eral public. “We are cog­nizant too, of the Media’s re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, in­so­far as in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing, shar­ing and man­age­ment are con­cerned,” the state­ment goes on to say.

How­ever, as it refers to a ma­jor player in the Min­istry’s Healthcare ar­tillery - Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal - the Min­istry ob­serves that its ul­ti­mate re­spon­si­bil­ity is to pro­vide Clin­i­cal Ser­vices to the gen­eral public, while be­ing mind­ful of pa­tients’ rights.

Fur­ther, the Min­istry notes that the syn­er­gies that al­lowed the media’s in­for­ma­tion gath­er­ing agenda; Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal’s clin­i­cal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, and the pa­tients’ rights to ex­ist seam­lessly, have been mis­placed. This has re­sulted in the in­fringe­ment of one or all of the above men­tioned lib­er­ties. As a re­sult, the Min­istry has taken this op­por­tu­nity to re­mind media prac­ti­tion­ers of the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal Media Pro­to­cols that seek to com­mu­ni­cate modus operandi that com­ple­ment the du­ties of all con­cerned: 1) Hos­pi­tal Man­age­ment re­quires all re­quests for media in­ter­views of Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal Staff be made through the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. In con­sid­er­a­tion of the in­ces­sant force ma­jeure makeup of hos­pi­tal oper­a­tions, a re­sponse to these re­quests will be trans­mit­ted within 12 hours. The power to grant media in­ter­views with any staff rests solely and to­tally with the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. 2) No media ex­trap­o­la­tion of any kind is per­mis­si­ble with­out prior con­sent from the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal. It is overtly the right of the hos­pi­tal to safe­guard ev­ery pa­tient and staff from un­so­licited media ex­po­sure while on hos­pi­tal prop­erty. 3) In­ter­views with the public can­not be ex­e­cuted within hos­pi­tal prop­erty. Hos­pi­tal Man­age­ment does not re­pose or re­mit to, any pa­tient or mem­ber of the public, its au­thor­ity to grant per­mis­sion to record on com­pound. This priv­i­lege is ex­plic­itly re­served for Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal Man­age­ment.

“The Min­istry of Health ap­pre­ci­ates your need to pro­vide news re­ports to the gen­eral public and it is our hope that your ap­pre­ci­a­tion for our need to pro­vide safety, se­cu­rity and qual­ity care to all our pa­tients, visi­tors and staff, will demon­stra­bly in­crease.

“We are con­fi­dent that you and your rep­re­sen­ta­tives will play crit­i­cal roles in as­sist­ing the Safety and Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cers of the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal in the en­force­ment of these Media Pro­to­cols. The Min­istry of Health and the Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal an­tic­i­pate your usual co­op­er­a­tion,” the state­ment ends by say­ing.


On Thurs­day, Au­gust 20, 2015 Po­lice Con­sta­ble 699 David­son Alexan­der was for­mally ar­rested and charged for the of­fences of Harm, As­sault with a Dan­ger­ous Weapon and Un­nec­es­sary Vi­o­lence.

He was charged in re­la­tion to an in­ci­dent which took place on March 14, 2015 at the Gros Islet Po­lice Sta­tion where Caster James, a 21-year-old res­i­dent of Gros Islet re­ported Alexan­der for al­legedly as­sault­ing him whilst in cus­tody.

Alexan­der was bailed on his own re­cog­ni­zance in the sum of EC$1,000 on each charge. He is sched­uled to ap­pear at the First Dis­trict court on Septem­ber 9, 2015.

It is an all too fa­mil­iar story here in Saint Lu­cia, the demise of an in­di­vid­ual of unsound mind at the hands of the po­lice. The most re­cent in­ci­dent oc­curred in the town of Soufriere on Tues­day, Au­gust 18, 2015 at about 6:10 p.m. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice ac­counts, of­fi­cers at­tached to the Soufriere Po­lice Sta­tion were on mo­bile pa­trol in New De­vel­op­ment Soufriere when they con­ducted a search on the per­son of Kervin Joseph of the same area. The search re­vealed one bag con­tain­ing a cut­lass and fruits.

Ac­cord­ing to eye-wit­ness ac­counts, the po­lice then took Joe­sph’s sack and at­tempted to ar­rest him, to which he re­sisted. Law­men then chased him and, ac­cord­ing to the po­lice, Con­sta­ble 845 Jn. Bap­tiste sus­tained in­jury by two stones hurled at him by Joseph whilst he was be­ing chased.

A strug­gle re­port­edly en­sued be­tween Jn. Bap­tiste and Joseph caus­ing both men to fall into a river. The strug­gle con­tin­ued dur­ing which time Joseph made sev­eral at­tempts to dis­arm Jn. Bap­tiste, po­lice claim. Ow­ing to the vi­o­lent strug­gle, sev­eral rounds were dis­charged.

Con­sta­ble 518 Darcheville, a po­lice of­fi­cer

Media urged to fol­low guide­lines at Vic­to­ria Hos­pi­tal.

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