Parking meter contract stinks to high heaven

first_imgDear Editor, What a flip flop and a complete waste of time. The Fantastic Four has now announced that for the first time in almost one year, that copies, purportedly of the authentic original controversial parking meter contract, will be officially released to the remaining City Councillors who were prevented from receiving this secret document. There are several salient points that the City Council and even the Minister of Communities fail to understand. First, there has to be a new contract. There has to be the revocation of the City Hall-Smart City Solutions agreement because there was no competitive bidding, nor were there any consultations with stakeholders prior to entering into this very flawed contract. This contract stinks to high heaven.  So, it started off on the wrong footing and, therefore, cannot now be adjusted to be placed on the right footing. The contract is illegal, as it never had the Council’s authorisation and cannot be made legal retroactively even with adjustments. Second, none of the four persons originally involved in the deception and notorious arrangement in the first place should be allowed to participate in the review process. If they have any decency, they should recuse themselves because of a potential conflict of interest and lack of impartiality. Third, before the Council could even consider another revenue source such as fees from parking meters even if it is a paltry and shameful 20 per cent, they must have their books audited and their accounts qualified first and foremost. The country is overtaxed at the moment, and the reintroduction of a crooked parking meter contract will be the proverbial ‘straw that will break the camel’s back’.Sincerely,Mark Roopanlast_img read more

Leonora Cottage Hospital facing drug shortage

first_img− regional authorities failed to notify MoHThe Leonora Cottage Hospital, on the West Coast of Demerara (WCD) is battling a drug shortage, however;The Leonora Cottage Hospitalregional officials have failed to notify the Public Health Ministry of the issue.The health institution has been without much needed medication for several months, sources at the facility told Guyana Times.This publication was told that doctors have to issue prescriptions to patients so that they can purchase medication which would normally be issued by the hospital’s pharmacy. It was indicated that the hospital is out of basic medications, such as Panadol and antibiotics.Earlier this year, Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) Chairman Julius Faerber voiced concerns over the drug shortage in the region. He related that similar issues are plaguing the West Demerara Regional Hospital and health centres across the region. However, when questioned about the issue as it relates to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Dennis Jaikarran denied having any knowledge of the issue.Meanwhile, Dr George Norton on Wednesday alleged that regional officials failed to notify him of the shortage that is plaguing the Hospital.“I just had a meeting with my Permanent Secretary with the regional authorities; that is the Chairman, the REO and the Regional Health Officer (RHO) of Region Three, and in that meeting I made it known in no uncertain terms that I am not impressed with what is taking place on the regional level. While they have been saying to me that there is no shortage… on the ground, that might not be the case,” he related.The Minister said he was not prepared to deny the claims that there was a drug shortage at the medical facility at Leonora, since similar situations exist across the country.“I might not have had reason to doubt the regional authorities or my officers, but I am beginning to do so because of the frequency which this is being said. There must be some truth in what they are saying in terms of the shortage of drugs because it seems not to be isolated cases,” Dr Norton related.Earlier this week, Norton indicated that the change in the procurement system is probably the likely cause for the drug shortages being experienced at certain public health facilities across Guyana.Meanwhile, addressing the issue of patients having to purchase medication, Dr Norton explained that it is not the duty of the patient to procure the necessary medication, but rather, the responsibility of the Hospital administrator.“What would be interesting, and this has been happening in some hospitals… rather than giving the patients the prescription, if the doctor should speak to whoever is in charge of that institution, then that institution should be responsible for getting that medication rather than the patient. There should be no reason why a patient should have a prescription. If you take that prescription, and take it to the Hospital Administrator, then the Hospital Administrator would have to get it. They would be forced to go and get it for the patient,” the Minister stated.He vowed that he would be investigating the matter and putting measures in place to combat the issue.last_img read more