Dear Madame Vestager,
We do not want or accept privatisation of the hospital built by the EU in Saint Lucia
The European Union funded design, construction and equipping of the Owen King EU Hospital in Saint Lucia between the years 2006-2016, the hospital is now complete and the new government of Saint Lucia has decided to privatize the hospital by handing it over the a group of Indian businessmen who are operating a medical facility in the Cayman Islands.
The hospital is an ultra-modern treatment and care facility, and was funded by the EU to the tune of EC$167 million. The new hospital is the largest infrastructural project ever executed by the European Union in the Eastern Caribbean.
To date, the citizens of Saint Lucia, specifically those who are marginalized, vulnerable and from poor communities, stand against the privatization of this very special gift as it will deny about 70 – 80% of the population from accessible medical care. We have advocated instead for increased taxes or national insurance payments to keep the hospital public but the government of Saint Lucia has failed to heed our call.
We are now appealing to the EU to act on behalf of the citizens of Saint Lucia so we may not be deprived of health care and handed what is essentially a death sentence should we fall ill.