Former Commissioner dissatisfied with the Dutch

POSTED: 03/28/11 4:43 PM

St. Maarten – Former Commissioner in St. Eustatius Roy Hooker has slammed the Dutch government for not living up to agreements made leading up to when the island became a Public Entity of the Netherlands on October 10, 2010. Speaking in St. Maarten he said the implementation of many of the agreements had been delayed by complications and those delays had led to “serious questions.”

“They are not listening and doing whatever they want and I believe that they are reneging on some of the promises. With regard to the tax structure it is not being implemented properly and also the health situation, even though it could become better in the future,” Hooker said.

The former commissioner is especially concerned about the way the new healthcare system was implemented because of the numerous complaints the government had received. Hooker is now calling for an office to be set up on St. Eustatius where residents can lodge their complaints. He’s also planning to meet stakeholders to discuss solutions. One clear pet peeve is that seniors are forced to travel alone, even though their general practitioner recommends that someone travel with them.

 “We cannot have that. Leaving people who are in their 70s to fend for themselves in St. Maarten or in Guadeloupe is ridiculous, since they are unable to drive to get to the doctor and in some cases that cannot properly explain their condition to the doctor,” Hooker said.

Immigration

Hooker said there is also a problem with people being able to register since the island became a public entity. The problem is primarily for returning Dutch nationals who have lived away from St. Eustatius and now want to return.

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