Meet the Work­ers Tour takes Prime Min­is­ter to Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LO­CAL -

Assess­ing the state of the pub­lic ser­vice has led Prime Min­is­ter Hon­ourable Allen Chas­tanet on a tour to see first­hand the work­ing con­di­tions of pub­lic ser­vants and to hear di­rectly from them var­i­ous con­cerns and chal­lenges.

The Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter an­nounced in May that the Prime Min­is­ter would em­bark on tours of var­i­ous gov­ern­ment of­fices and statu­tory bod­ies in June and dur­ing the rest of the year.

“This tour is about mak­ing a con­nec­tion and un­der­stand­ing the en­vi­ron­ment in which we are ask­ing peo­ple to work ev­ery day,” noted the prime min­is­ter. “Some­times we re­view a re­port and we don't get that true sense of the sit­u­a­tion. I want to have open di­a­logue di­rectly with the work­ers.”

On Thurs­day June 22, 2017 the prime min­is­ter did just that when he vis­ited with the staff of the Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal.

“I re­ally also wanted to tell them all 'thank you' for their com­mit­ment. I know that they are all wait­ing pa­tiently for the move to the Owen King-EU Hospi­tal and un­til we get to that point, we have to en­sure that they have what they need in or­der to de­liver ef­fec­tive ser­vice to the pub­lic,” said the prime min­is­ter.

Act­ing Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal, Ms. Brenda Cal­ixte, said the staff wel­comed the op­por­tu­nity to meet with the prime min­is­ter.

“The prime min­is­ter was with us dur­ing the time of the re­cent blast so he got an idea of the ex­treme chal­lenges we face with the ICU,” ex­plained the Di­rec­tor. “It was a chaotic time so it was a re­ally good thing for staff to see him in a dif­fer­ent ca­pac­ity to­day and take him around our of­fices and the hospi­tal. The staff was elated to share their con­cerns; it meant a lot to some of them be­cause we know that the prime min­is­ter has a busy schedule and the fact that he can ac­tu­ally come and see what's hap­pen­ing with us, most of the staff were taken aback. It re­ally means a lot.”

The prime min­is­ter is also sched­uled to visit the St. Jude Hospi­tal and other gov­ern­ment in­sti­tu­tions this month.

Prime Min­is­ter Al­lan Chas­tanet meet­ing with staff of Vic­to­ria Hospi­tal ear­lier this week.

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