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PRIME MINISTER EXPOSES FINDINGS IN UNPUBLISHED ST JUDE AUDIT

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Did the former Chastanet led United Workers Party Administration squander an opportunity to transfer St Jude Hospital operations to more suitable accommodations? Prime Minister Philip J Pierre on September 14 revealed a taxpayer funded EC $900, 000 St Jude audit commissioned by the former Administration confirmed the now abandoned East Wing structure was in fact suitable for hospital operations. According to the Prime Minister the audit, which has been kept under wraps since it was completed in 2018, revealed St. Jude hospital operations could have been transferred to the East Wing within a 12 month period. The cost of East Wing renovations was estimated at under EC $30 million dollars. However, the Chastanet Administration opted to forgo that option to build a completed new structure which has cost taxpayers well over EC $115 million dollars.

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CHASTANET UNDECIDED ABOUT FUTURE WITH UWP BUT VOWS TO STICK WITH MICOUD SOUTH

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The leadership of the United Workers Party is apparently still in doubt while current political leader, Allen Chastanet, continues to weigh his options. On October 20, Chastanet phoned in to a UWP media outlet to address concerns about his relationship with the Party. The recently reclusive political leader who led the UWP to failed reelection bid on July 26 however, assured Micoud South voters of his commitment to the constituency despite his conspicuous absence from the House of Assembly.

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HEALTH MIN DEFENDS APPOINTMENT OF NEW COVID CHAIRMAN

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The new face of the government’s COVID-19 Management Centre, Mr. Cletus Springer, has attracted criticism from opposition backers who contend the absence of medical credentials on his resume puts him at a disadvantage. Health Minister Moses Jn Baptiste is defending Springer’s appointment.

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UWP CHAIRMAN PINKLEY FRANCIS STEPS DOWN

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The main Opposition’s ranks appear to be waning in the aftermath of the July 26 general election. Pinkley Francis served as United Workers Party chairman in the run-up to the 2021 polls. He confirmed his departure from the UWP with MBC Prime on October 7. The surprise announcement comes weeks after ex-Castries Mayor Peterson Francis, appointed under the former Chastanet led Administration, penned the former chairman requesting he along with other UWP executives remove themselves from a proposed review of the Party’s failed reelection bid. Despite his resignation from the chairmanship, Pinkley Francis says there is, “…no love lost…” between him and the UWP.


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