Hospital reacts disappointed to comments by De Weever

POSTED: 02/18/13 12:45 PM

St. Maarten – The supervisory council of the St. Maarten Medical Center SMMC regrets public statements made by Public Health Minister Cornelius de Weever. In a press release issued yesterday the council noted that Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams had recently asked all parties to refrain from publicly addressing any issues. “The SMMC had chosen to honor this request,” the press release states.

“We agree with the prime minister that holding public discussions is not conducive to further improve the care we are giving to our patients. Our dedicated personnel, our patients who are residents of St. Maarten, Saba, St. Eustatius, the surrounding islands and the tourists we serve, have suffered enough of the unfounded and negative public media display in recent months from the Minister of Public Health and certain members of parliament,” the council stated.

The council referred to Minister de Weever’s decision to publicly discuss his request to the supervisory council to reconsider its position and to publicly refer to the council’s response, “while taking this again totally out of context.”

The council said in the press release that it will honor PM Wescot-Williams’ request and refrain from further comments: “St. Maarten Medical Center will continue as usual, to improve the care and services to all our patients who are in need of treatment, for their wellbeing and for the benefit of their families. We look forward to doing so in collaboration with the Government of St. Maarten and the Inspectorate of Health.”

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