Bahamas, June 19, 2017 – Nassau – In a press release, Michael Darville, Opposition spokesperson on Health, has responded to comments made by Minister of Health, Dr. Duane Sands.
During his budget debate, Health Minister, Sands indicated that the former PLP administration awarded ninety million dollars worth of healthcare contracts, weeks before the general election; and made specific reference to the awarding of a five hundred thousand dollar monthly maintenance contract for the mini hospital in Abaco while the facility was closed, and a $420,000 monthly maintenance contract for the mini hospital in Exuma, by way of the Department of Public Health. Mr. Darville has stated that all these statements are absolutely untrue.
Mr. Darville continued, saying that tender documents are neither signed contracts, nor proof of payment and that Dr. Sands has no proof of signed contracts to support his claims. He urged the Health Minister to apologize for misleading Parliament, and the Bahamian people; saying “This is not a political game we are playing; and people’s reputations and livelihoods are at stake.”
He also highlighted the fact that the FNM has watered down the National Health Insurance (NHI) program through significant funding cuts, while more than 200,000 Bahamians are still without health insurance.