Hospital to be officially opened a day earlier


It is now touch and go for the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) as the countdown has begun for the opening of the new Scarborough General Hospital in Signal Hill.

Following another rounds of meeting with the Ministry of Health (MOH) last Monday, Tobago News was reliably informed that the date for the opening has been brought forward by one day from the previously announced April 5, Holy Thursday.

"We were told that Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar would not be available on that day so they have requested the opening to be on the Wednesday, April 4, instead," the source disclosed.

Contacted about this new development, Secretary for Health and Social Services Claudia Groome-Duke confirmed the date change for the opening.

"We are all working together to ensure that the hospital, which can be considered as the life blood of our people would be delivered on the new date," she remarked.

Even as the pace quickens towards the opening, concerns have been raised about certain critical processes and consultations that need to be taken to allow for a smooth transition into the new hospital.

Tobago News was told that the appointment of senior staff nurses to head posts in the new hospital remains outstanding.

"The shock resignation of Marilyn Taylor-Duncan who as Manager for Organisational Effectiveness was leading this recruitment and hiring process has impacted negatively on the appointment of senior nurses to head the various top positions in the new hospital," explained one health professional.

Taylor-Duncan reportedly quit after questions surfaced about her Master's (MA) Degree qualifications. Groome-Duke was however adamant that the resignation would not derail the present recruitment and hiring process.

"We have on board our new CEO Paula Chester-Cumberbatch, who is leading the process and already we have appointed the Manager for Patient Care for the new hospital. She received her instruments last week and we are moving full speed ahead to complete the recruitment and appointment process," declared Grrome-Duke.

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sandra D said on Friday, Mar 23 at 7:30 AM

how it go look to see the hospital opening and no staff there Mrs Claudia Groome Duke WHERE IS OUR MONEY ALLYUH GO FEEL SHAME RHA WORKERS WANT THEIR MONIEIS OUTSTANDING ARRERS NOW!!!!

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Native Sun said on Friday, Mar 23 at 5:07 PM

The opening will be historic . Let's all be happy This is not about politics, it is about human beings wellness options. SO LET'S SUPPORT IT. There need to be a patient advocate / suggestion initiative whereby one can present complaints and ideas to help OUR hospital be the best that it can be ( leave no room for negative idle talk ). There also need to be a commitment to recruit and keep top talent. Most important we need to develop a mindset that THIS HOSPITAL IS OURS , this mindset will breed lots of positive actions i.e volunteering ; sponsorship ; " By thy fruit you shall know them ".

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Joy said on Friday, Mar 23 at 11:12 PM

I wonder if sandra D is a good conscientious worker who really DESERVES this money. We can have the best hospital in the world but if it is not complemented by the staff who is willing to provide good service it defeats the purpose of the hospital

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My name Carlos said on Saturday, Mar 24 at 6:06 PM

I think it's time enough for our country to move forward with strength and positive solution to grow with a vast development , we need to put young college grads in some of those position because these young people r the future so when college grads go before your institution they should not be told that they are too qualified for this and that position they spend billions of dollars to go to schools to better our future so I feel very strongly about the people who they have as recruits for the future , it would be great to see more recreation for the youths they need to stay focus on keeping there minds to positive networking but if there is not anyone stepping up to the plate then it needs to be address as soon as possible .

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Anonymous said on Sunday, Mar 25 at 8:14 PM

Tobago News , You sure you publish the right picture ? This picture look s like a police station in the country side. Is this a modern hospital?

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sandra said on Monday, Mar 26 at 7:31 AM

Exactly what do u mean there are alot of us health care worker who go above and beyond the call of duty and go unrecognised in every respect so why is it that u are questioning if i or so many of my worthy colleages deserve what is rightfully ours WE WANT OUR ARREARS AND THAT IS THAT!!!!

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Joy said on Wednesday, Mar 28 at 1:00 PM

I totally agree that there are excellent healthcare workers who must be highly commended. I just wondered if you are one of those because you can't deny the fact that there are some of those whose work attitude should not be carried over to the new hospital. In order to further enhance the health service, it is imperative that the work ethics of some of the employees therein be drastically improved. Mind you, I said "some of them" as there are those who don't even deserve to be paid the salary they earn, far less getting arrears.

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Mar 28 at 1:59 PM

Remember to remind the TTPS of the new date as they often need days to respond.

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Anonymous said on Wednesday, Mar 28 at 2:30 PM

When Goverment denies,them whats theirs"salary",we would definietly see a decline in work ethics if they decide to stay.

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Pat said on Thursday, Mar 29 at 7:33 AM

The best way to solve the staff shortage; is to provide lucrative pay packages, which will encourage our well trained doctors, nurses and healthcare workers, who live abroard to return to their homeland. This will truly be the answer to the promote our healthcare service.

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NATALIE said on Friday, Mar 30 at 12:47 PM


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Bagonian said on Friday, Mar 30 at 2:38 PM

The picture on this "news" item is of the Charlotteville health center when it was being's now finished, but are there any doctors there?

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Anonymous said on Saturday, Mar 31 at 1:00 AM

Since the qualifications of the General Manager Organisational Effectiveness was questionable, all decisions made by her must be reviewed and cancelled as she was not qualified to make those decisions and hold such a post. What a crying shame for under-qualified persons to pretend to be competent and commit such a fraud on the people of Tobago!

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Tobago Mother said on Saturday, Mar 31 at 7:26 AM

There is a place on the old Milford road opposite Coco Cafe where they certify qualifications. I cannot see how RHA could hire people with questionable qualifications. Instead of sullying peoples names , they should check them out first.

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Tobago Mother said on Saturday, Mar 31 at 2:00 PM

On behalf of all Tobagonians I am grateful for the New Hospital.I am grateful to all the local and foreign staff for their service . My relatives have had good treatment in the old hospital, to the best of the staff and facilities capabilities and I was even born there. In recent years we had a bad experience with a technician who refused to do an very necessary ultra sound and we had to seek help in England. My only wish is that personnel be held accountable for ALL of their misdeeds. People who have problems at work should have an avenue to complain and be heard as far as their jobs are concerned, so they could be effective. People like the tech. we had the bad experience with should be encouraged to move on. Ironically these people have problems doing their work but could be available to work privately. The RHA has to make sure that people they employ do indeed work during the times they are paid for. May God bless all involved in providing good health care in Tobago.

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mv said on Saturday, Mar 31 at 6:59 PM

I am really excited about the new hospital opening.God bless Tobago.It is not about arrears but service to the people.

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Anonymous said on Friday, Apr 6 at 2:08 PM

very important, to a functionong hospital, as follows Staff and beds , all of which there is neither ,blow as much smoke as you like, you can not fool every one

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