MP Foggo: OBA Turned Their Back On East End

November 4, 2013

“It is sad that given the East End provided the margin of victory for the One Bermuda Alliance’s Election campaign that a year later the OBA has turned its back on the people of the East End,” St David’s MP Lovitta Foggo said today.

Ms Foggo said, “In 2012 the OBA said they would ‘Establish an ambulance station that will serve St. George’s and St. David’s’ now in 2013, no ambulance station and no Urgent Care Centre.”

That line was included in the OBA’s St George’s & St David’s Recovery Plan, which was released during the 2012 Election Campaign.

Ms Foggo went on to “call on Premier Cannonier and MPs Kenny Bascome, Nandi Davis, and Suzanne Roberts-Holshouser to speak up for the people of the East End.

“If they remain silent, East End voters will see that all of the pretty promises before the election were just words to win votes,” said Ms Foggo.

Ms Foggo’s full statement follows below:

It is sad that given the East End provided the margin of victory for the One Bermuda Alliance’s Election campaign that a year later the OBA has turned its back on the people of the East End.

  • In 2012 the OBA said they would move more government services to Southside, in 2013 they close the Lamb-Foggo urgent care centre.
  • In 2012 the OBA accused the PLP of neglecting the East end of the island yet in 2013 three OBA MPs could not stop their constituents from losing access to urgent health care in their community.
  • In 2012 Premier Cannonier hailed the fact that he was a St. David’s native, one year later the first closure under his leadership is right in his childhood backyard.
  • In 2012 the OBA said they would “Establish an ambulance station that will serve St. George’s and St. David’s,” now in 2013, no ambulance station and no Urgent Care Centre.

What a difference a year makes!

No explanation, no consultation, no consideration of any alternatives for the people of the East End. The OBA can find money to pay for their army of consultants, but cannot find $250,000 to keep an urgent care centre and jobs in the east end of the Island.

Bermudians deserve better. They deserve a Premier that won’t turn his back on his community. They deserve better than Members of Parliament that can pose for photo-ops but are silent when the urgent care centre is taken from their constituents.

We call on Premier Cannonier and MPs Kenny Bascome, Nandi Davis, and Suzanne Roberts-Holshouser to speak up for the people of the East End. If they remain silent, East End voters will see that all of the pretty promises before the election were just words to win votes.

It is time for the OBA MPs to stand up for the residents of the East End!

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  1. swing voter says:

    No Lovie St.Davids and the East end have been ignored for years….just ask Ewart

    • Islander says:

      and what have you done for Us Ms. Foggo – haven’t seen you or Ms Cannonier since the election….

      • watching says:

        That is such a lie. Ms. Foggo is one MP that canvasses her community consistently over and over. Even OBA supporters will give her that.

      • Betty Trump says:

        “STEP BACKWARDS IN HEALTH CARE BY OBAUBP GOVT”

        If anyone is politically aware and knowledgeable they would know that one hard working MP is Mrs. Foggo. She canvasses her community consistently over and over again, non-stop. Even OBA supporters told me they give her credit for doing such a great job. SHe works hard within her community serving her people, ensuring their concerns are addressed. Not only that she is very serious about what she undertakes.

        This is a shame that the OBAubp is removing a valuable service to the people in the East End of the Island. What is more sad is that there is no concern from this government in regards to if a natural event was to take place, these folks would have not form of immediate health care. This decision is a bad one by the OBAubp, and I only hope it is made based upon the best interest of the people and not some political win, which suggest the OBAubp is no different from the UBPoba. This building will now sit and go to waste? Or is there a move towards PRIVATIZATION BY THE OBAubp govt?

        This is wrong turn backwards. Any forward thinking government would ensure that such a forward thinking ideas would continue to advance. Progress has now been stopped, as Bermuda returns to the dark days of no health care in the EAST.

        Stand up folks and speak out on this most important issue.

        • haha says:

          bla bla bla

        • yesman says:

          “this decision is a bad one by the OBAubp”.

          That’s not true. UCC is operated and managed by BHB. OBA did not make the decision. It was a BHB board decision based on lack of patient volume which added to a yearly sustained loss.

          Why do people always make everything a PLP vs OBA battle? If the OBA had their way they would open up a clinic, keep UCC and probably even open up UCC West. However the funds just don’t exist. The OBA health minister Pamplin had to find that out the hard way when the clinic could not be opened because of lack of funding.

          • Ty says:

            @Betty Trump. Multiple Choice question.. Whose decision was it to close down this facility?

            a. B.H.B – Bermuda Hospitals Board
            b. The GOVT
            c. Kentucky Fried Chicken
            d. Arnold’s Supermarket
            e. All of the above.

            Guess the correct answer and win 5 extra minutes on your recess break.

          • say it like it is. says:

            Yeah, Lavita Foggo and Zane Desilva lied to all of us during their terms at the PLP. Money just dissolved around them while the PLP were the Governing Party. Maybe if you had saved some for all of us, we would not be in this terrible mess now. And, you were warned this would happen, but did you people listen? No. This has NOTHING to do with the OBA, it is a BHB problem, shout and scream at them, Lavitta. You are barking up the wrong tree lady.

    • Regress & Destroy says:

      So is this a solution to a “percieved” problem ? Close it down. WOW … that took a lot of thought … now let’s do it in 3 weeks. Then let the people swallow the pill. THAT’S BAD HEALTHCARE !!!

      What MP Foggo says makes commonsense. It is not about politics … it is about the people.

      Taxis have just increased their ability to raise rates so it would be the people in that area that already have a facility that will have to DIG deeper into the pockets to get medical services as well as the others that travelled there for service. The healthcare facility is already purpose built. Medicare care is an essential tool for our society and regressing our islands healthcare care is definitely not an option.

      Should we also close down the educational institutions because they are definitely failing just .. I am sure any politically appointed board could find justifications for that ? Then take a recess break !

      Politics needs responsibility and the people of Bermuda needs to hold their government officials accountable for decisions that will definitely affect the options for convenient healthcare. My deepest regard is that I voted for the OBA for change but I never realized that this change would be regressive.

      I expect soon the political plan would be to turn this already purposed built healthcare facility into a privatised facility by some good friend of a friend of a politician.

      Come on OBA get it right and take off the OBA-PLP boxing gloves because that is definitely not needed in our MODERN BERMUDA which is looking for positive CHANGE.

      The people of Bermuda are not all NAIVE and right now some of your decisions have been questionable on many levels with regard to the people of Bermuda and their interest !!!

      • Betty Trump says:

        @Regress & Destroy, I agree with most of your points. well written comment.

      • yesman says:

        “So is this a solution to a “percieved” problem ? Close it down”.

        BHB is building a new Acute Wing which costs a lot of money to improve healthcare in Bermuda. UCC operates at a loss every year and it only serves a very small percentage of the population compared to the main hospital. The new Acute Wing will serve a much higher percentage of patients and may even start medical tourism. What is wrong with the decision to close UCC when it operates a yearly loss and only serves a very small percentage of the population?

        Shall I give an ethics lesson? Which part of this don’t you understand?

        Or are you complaining that BHB should have given a much longer notice before the actual closure date?

    • Betty Trump says:

      Well said Ms. Foggo, right on the Mark… EXCELLENT !!

      • Lebron says:

        Well I live in St David’s, and I haven’t seen or heard of Lovita since Dec 2012.

        She can come up to my house any time and explain to me the mess her party made of Bermuda, I’ll even make her some tea. I’ll then explain to her why I didn’t vote for her, and her hopeless party.

        • Serious though says:

          .???? Seriously is that deep!

        • Time Shall Tell says:

          Open a paper for a change, if you did you would know that Ms.Foggo is constantly making herself available to the public.

          • Hmmm says:

            Constantly is a lie. How many times in the last month….show me …come on

            • Time Shall Tell says:

              Obviously you don’t follow the paper then you would of had the answer to your own question.

              • Hmmm says:

                Yes i do, show me the proof from the last month.

                • Hmmm says:

                  Her name is mentioned with others as being on a committe that was suppossed to do something…..any other offers ?

        • say it like it is. says:

          Apparently she only visits certain people, only ones that voted for the PLP, not ever does she try to sway a voter, because she can’t.

  2. Bermyman says:

    There is no money to spend on anything, even Urgent care facilities. The PLP spent it all! We are Billions in debt, growing by $300m a year.

    • watching says:

      actually we grew 800Million in one year thanks to OBA government…who by the way pledged that they would NOT grow the debt.

      • Truth (Original) says:

        After a look under the hood, it was either increase the debt to keep the lights on or fire the majority in Govt. Which would you prefer? That was the position the Country was left in and subsequently, there were very few options remaining for a new Govt.

        Surely you can’t blame the financial state of affairs on Dec 17th on the OBA?

        • Betty Trump says:

          WHO increase our debt level in less than 5 months? It looks like the OBAubp did, while the PLP did it over a long slow period of 14 years. It was not for paying of the CS either as they like to suggest to folks and their supporters fall for it.

          This money was not for any debt by the PLP, but rather for $800m is to cover FUTURE shortfalls, not previous ones, so no it was not spent by the PLP. This isn’t “blame the PLP” day. Come back tomorrow for that.

          If this debt is to be used in the future but they are borrowing the funds now, what will they be doing with the money before it is spent? The OBAubp promised me on the doorstep they would create 2000 jobs, and that unemployment was not as a result of the global recession but a result of PLP economic policy over 14 years, the PLP grew the debt by just over $1 billion, per 14 years…..BUT the OBAubp will now grow the debt to nearly $1 BILLION IN LESS THAN 1 YEAR >>>WOW>>>> This is not a good look OBAubp, guess Mr. Richards is not the great financial Guru or Wiz Kid as many believed…

          This also clearly indicates that the OBAubp have NO NO PLAN to address our build another leg to our Economy, nor create JOBS JOBS….as a result they have continue to play the only weak card they have…..”BLAME THE PLP> But Sir John kinda indicated in his recent article in RG that, this must stop as it has loss it usefulness and will backfire on the OBAUbp in good time…. WAKE UP FOLKS>

          This money thing is something the OBAubp have sold to their fans, as a way not to provide them with all the promises they indicated having pre-election….BUT ASK THEM FOR THE PLAN>…..NOTHING …NO JOBS< NO JOBS…Not much of nothing except the Trojan Horse of SAGE….which is job CUTS, and more CUTS and Privatization. Only the blind can not see this…

          • Come Correct says:

            You will never understand…You literally make me want to put a gun to my face and paint the walls for the simple fact I have to share oxygen with you. what keeps me going is the fact you will die a miserable soul. Enjoy.

            • Time Shall Tell says:

              The misery seems to be all yours based on the kind of garbage you’re posting. Try having a grown up conversation when in the presence of grown ups please.

          • Come Correct says:

            Ps. Why did the oba promise you anything when you aren’t Bermudian and thus not a voter? You are a propaganda machine simply put.

          • AwayFromHome says:

            You know, I remember mentioning to a few people that I thought that the OBA may not have been entire truthful (or probably naive) pre-election and those people told me that I was plain wrong and that they were voting OBA. A few months after the election those same people came back and told me that they regretted their decision…

        • Johnny says:

          Do you believe what you just wrote. The writing is on the wall. The OBA will shred to pieces any program that actually benefits Bermudians, yet will bend over backwards to accommodate any wealthy foreigners. This has been proven over and over in the space of one year, where they have hardly introduced anything that will directly benefit Bermudians as a whole. Yet they have introduced quite a lot of things that will only benefit (rich) foreigners.

          • AwayFromHome says:

            But this is nothing new. Didn’t the UPB basically do the same thing? Or I could be wrong about that…

        • Johnny says:

          Actually the OBA said that the money borrowed is for later, not to pay off current debts. What I would like to know is if we have 800million sitting in the bank when will we know how much interest we will have made after the first year of doing nothing in the bank.,

      • Al says:

        That will fund 3 years of getting things straightened out.

      • haha says:

        THEY HAD TO borrow 800mil to keep this country afloat…otherwise THANKS TO YOUR SILLY PARTY we would all be third world status rite now…

        • Betty Trump says:

          NOt true, This money was not for any debt by the PLP, but rather for $800m is to cover FUTURE shortfalls, not previous ones, so NO it was not spent by the PLP. This isn’t “blame the PLP” day. Come back tomorrow for that. stop drinking the OBAubp Kool-aide..its changing colors now….

          • Serious though says:

            I agree , they borrowed money and blamed PLP for the mess, next year they will start putting a little bit back at a time them say OBA is bringing the economy back! And paying debt, I am waiting for that day!

            • Sandy Bottom says:

              You really think that’s what happened don’t you. They borrowed the money and have it in a shoe box, and next year will start putting it back, just to make it all look good.

              You should try to get your hard news from places other than Nickleodeon.

      • Bermuda Male says:

        I totally agree.

        They just should have defaulted on all the financial obligations they inherited as well as dismiss half of the civil service.

        That makes total sense.

        • Betty Trump says:

          @Bermuda MALE>…How would the OBAubp deal with the Serious Social implications of such a decision in Bermuda. A high unemployment rate in any country leads to Social unrest, increase in crime and a country in danger of falling even more… business would also drop off as no money to keep the economy going or for future growth…there is a falling down impact, not just on those you wish the worst for by you also in your Ivory houses….. WAKE UP……so do it…and see the fall out..OBAUbp if that is your wish….

          • Lebron says:

            Betty, you are the OBAs biggest weapon. Who would vote for a party you support?

          • 32n64w says:

            Make up your mind Betty. On the one hand you chastise the OBA for having to increase the debt ceiling to accommodate the spending obligations contracted under a PLP Government but on the other you chastise posters for suggesting the OBA simply allow people to be fired and not increase the debt.

            Your hypocrisy is mind numbing.

            • Serious though says:

              Sometimes in life you need to question your sanity. Don’t just follow.

              • Sandy Bottom says:

                Betty, is that you again with another name?

                • Puppet says:

                  You know it’s not because the icon to the right is reflective of your IP address. The fact that the icon is different indicates that it is a different person.

                  • Sick of Excuses says:

                    It very well could be the same person. All you have to do is change the email address and a different icon will come up. Try it.

      • Wonder says:

        Ya and they took it from govt workers. $400 plus a month, from all employees.

  3. Watcher55 says:

    Political drivel, while I agree that there should be an ambulance stationed out there, it would be for the reason that it takes forever for the ambulances to arrive at any accident, still not sure why the Fire Department don’t still have an ambulance, they are always on scene well before BHB arrive, they are EMT’s let them take the injured to the hospital 15 minutes earlier. However the care unit, can we see the details, how often is it used (I suspect not very often)is it open 24×7 and what is the operational costs, salary, tax, maintenance. That would help us better establish if indeed the OBA has turned their backs on us or are following good fiscal management practices and would therefore be working for us.

  4. fed up says:

    seriously?? hasn’t even been a year yet and these fools expect an urgent center?? tired of these PLP morons. go away pleasesafethankyou

    • Serious though says:

      You forget , OBA won 2 seat by less than 20 votes! Keep it up!

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      Try getting educated on the topic at hand first, the urgent care center is ALREADY THERE….(Thanks to the PLP I may add)….

      • Bermuda Male says:

        And now we can’t afford it. Thanks to the PLP I might add

        • Right on! As been mention before. “this isn’t a matter / problem created by the One Bermuda Alliance, it is a B.H.B decision to close Lamb Foggo Medical Centre it is all about finances and where is the money going to come from to continue, “pissing-into-the-winds”?
          That place has been running in the “red” for years and it don’t help the Island nor the people,(all of us)that pay Taxes to pay off the our National debt by keep it open under the B.H.B.(Incidentally, “from the jump”, this debt had been created under our former Govt.the Progressive Labour Party.)

  5. watching says:

    Well Said Ms Foggo…

    The OBA said whatever they could to get elected. Now they are doing whatever they want. I wish an election would be called tomorrow. Where are Kenny Bascome, Nandi Outerbridge and Suzanne Holshouser’s voices? SILENCE. They have virtually been silent since Dec 18, 2012, and it is insulting. Where is the Minister of Health Mrs. Gordon-Pamplin? Why was she not at the press conference? Where is the Premier the Hon. Craig Cannonier? Again, SILENCE.

    • Claudio says:

      Perhaps if $40 million wasn’t spent on the vacant Grand Atlantic scheme then you would still have your clinic.

      • Suzie Quattro says:

        I agree, but it was actually $60m, before interest.

      • @Claudio,

        Perhaps if $40 million wasn’t WASTED on the vacant Grand Atlantic scheme then you would still have your clinic.

        That’s better I think lol :)

    • openmind says:

      are you suggesting the UCC be kept open even though it is loosing $250,000 a year? what sense does that make? our debt will continue to spiral out of control…

      the current government is doing its best to clean up the mess WE (Bermuda) currently find ourselves in. if you have an alternative please share or take action…

      • watching says:

        I would suggest at least consulting the public and working towards identifying ways to either decrease costs or increase revenues, but shutting it down without a conversation is not the way to go.

        • Hmmm says:

          BHB closed it down …..not the OBA …..

          PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE THE PLP are trying to fool you all

          • Serious though says:

            So the OBA had nothing to do with It! Do you think Bermudians are that stupid ?? Seriously ..

            • Hmmm says:

              The BHB board made the decision, because that is what the BHB board do. The OBA are not the BHB board. The BHB were losing money so made the decision.

            • Sandy Bottom says:

              I think you’re that stupid.

      • Time Shall Tell says:

        How much profits do you think is made off of public education?????

        • Hmmm says:

          What has education got to do with this…nothing.

          • Time Shall Tell says:

            The point is education is a service to the public not based on profits, neither should health care. The OBA are paying many times more to consultants then it would cost to offset the cost of running this health care facility.

            If it’s operating at a loss then wouldn’t it be better to restructure rather then to abandon all together? This facility isn’t referred to as an option as often as it could be & this is coming from first hand experience.

            • Sandy Bottom says:

              This place served 14 people a day. It wasn’t getting used enough to justify it. Cost has to enter the equation. If it didn’t, why not open one in Southampton, and Dockyard? The reason is because they wouldn’t get much use, and money doesn’t grow on trees.

    • Bermuda Male says:

      The election platform laid out the vision for the next 5 years, but yet you want another election because not all has been completed in 10 months?

      Are you willing to pay higher taxes to keep all these luxuries up and running?

      And just imagine what all those so called capital project ‘overruns’ could be used for nowadays. Saving during the good times and spending during the bad times is Econ 101. It is a shame that some never took the course.

      • CommonSensenBda says:

        That was not plan five year. According to the PLPbiu, it was a FIVE DAY PLAN. If the BHB wasn’t so competent at hiding the poor management system that the PLPbiu initiated, we would have known how stupid and clueless they were five years ago.

        The Urgent Care Facility was losing $250,000 a year for more than five years. FIVE YEARS!!!

        The four ambulances that are supposed to have a life of EIGHT YEARS, have been acknowledged by the head of BHB as having been run into the GROUND by the management installed by the PLPbiu. Ambulances that should last EIGHT YEARS ONLY LASTED FOUR YEARS.

        Kenny Bascome is still working on getting a small cruise ship for the Towne of St. George’s. I remember a certain Dame not once COMPLAINING about losing the cruise ship, not once stopping the removal of the wharfage duties the Towne relied on, etc,etc.

        I’m sure that if the Auditor General received an anonymous phone call stating where the “unaccounted” $800 million went, then the UCF could be re-opened.

      • Serious though says:

        Cost of urgent care was $600,000. What the cost of consultancy in OBA? Just asking..

  6. fed up says:

    * new

  7. terry says:

    Ms. Gordon has spoken out about the closure.
    She is the Minister.
    Nothing to do with the others mentioned.
    This is OBA not PLP all jumping on the conch stew to arouse nostrels.

  8. San George says:

    Ms. Foggo you are welcome to run it yourself with your money. It is a business decision. This small population can not afford to have multi-million $ government facilities catering to a small number of people every 10 miles. I have used the Urgent Care facility. It was great. But I knew it must have cost a ton of money – not economically feasible.
    Furthermore, when is the PLP going to take a break. You would think you all were about to become the government at any moment. It is not going to happen.

  9. Viccy loves to be Naughty says:

    Lovita Foggo,
    WHAT have you done for the East End???

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      Are you serious???

    • Sick of Excuses says:

      When she canvassed at my house, she proudly stated one of her crowning achievements for St. David’s was making part of St. Luke’s Lane a one way street.

      I would have burst out laughing if it hadn’t been such a pathetic statement.

  10. Bermuda Male says:

    Then maybe Ms. Foggo and the PLP can provide the money to keep such luxuries open and running, since they care so much.

    What part of no money is hard to understand?

    Or maybe the new St. George’s fuel tax, that was implemented to benefit the Old Town (that is something positive Ms. Foggo, can be used) to fund it. Or else expect a new raft of taxes and increasing premiums to keep such facilities open.

    • Antione Dodson says:

      So, they have money for consultants, money for trips, money for luncheons, money for lawyers, no money for health care.

      NO money means no money for anything. That’s is NOT the case! This is a question of priorities!

      • Bermuda Male says:

        Not too sure how much they are paying to consultants these days, but it will be interesting to see if they kept their pledge to reduce the use of and laymen to to consultants. I mean the previous administration was quoted (in the audited financials) that the costs of consultants was approximately $100mn per year. While at the same time decreased funding was allocated for programs such as Mirrors and charities such as Sunshine League and Salvation Army. Funny how there were no protestations from you back then.

        Trips to economic forums and business partners are essential for any new investment to be attracted to our shores. Now, I know you are going to say that is a hypocritical statement and the lot. But until these guys start taking numerous tax payer funded trips to accept frivolous awards, stays in 7 star hotels in Dubai, traveling to India to possibly set up personal business initiatives (I.e generic drug importing firm) while promising Bermudians that Bollywood movies will be filmed as the result, then I am right there with you regarding travel.

        Not sure what you are talking about luncheons. But I am sure you have some gripe.

        And as for lawyers, all Govts require legal representation. I think you might be confusing political parties, as it wasn’t this one that used tax payer funds to cover individual lawsuits, which the AG deemed to be unlawful. Can you confirm if that is the case?

      • Suzie Quattro says:

        Are you talking about the Corporation of Hamilton?

        • Betty Trump says:

          NO this is your OBAubp government whom your blind too…so your comment is expected…you only see others doing wrong…really

          • Sandy Bottom says:

            Consultants, trips, luncheons, banquets, lawyers. That is definitely the Corporation of Hamilton. Donal and Graeme.

  11. haha says:

    MAYBE IF YOU DIDN’T SPEND ALL OUR MONEY WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS PREDICAMENT WE’RE IN NOW….GTFOH!

    • Serious though says:

      Reminder!!!!! To OBA supporters , the party they won less than 3 seat with less than 20 votes! Keep it up,,haha, hopefully the last laugh …… No comment at this time

  12. aceboy says:

    How do those chains feel, now that you are no longer in power Ms. Foggo?

    You lost any chance of getting any respect from me after those chosen words a few years back. I’m sure you know which I mean.

  13. Observer says:

    The PLP bankrupted the country,as they took care of themselves.
    Now we all have to pay for the former incompetence.

    • Serious though says:

      Keep the kook-aid drink festival going… You will be surprised WHAR brewing at the other end…

  14. DarkSideofTheMoon says:

    Yes! Close down the clinic it is losing $250,000 per year. Oh and by the way how is the $14 Million to the Greens and $6.5 Million for Pink Beach working out for them?

    • Bermuda Male says:

      Pretty good as well as the numerous Bermuda contractor and their employees who now have business once again.

      • Hmmm says:

        Nobody gave the greens money….the greens are spending money in the Bermuda economy…

  15. Regress & Destroy says:

    So is this a solution to a “percieved” problem ? Close it down. WOW … that took a lot of thought … now let’s do it in 3 weeks. Then let the people swallow the pill. THAT’S BAD HEALTHCARE !!!

    What MP Foggo says makes commonsense. It is not about politics … it is about the people.

    Taxis have just increased their ability to raise rates so it would be the people in that area that already have a facility that will have to DIG deeper into the pockets to get medical services as well as the others that travelled there for service. The healthcare facility is already purpose built. Medicare care is an essential tool for our society and regressing our islands healthcare care is definitely not an option.

    Should we also close down the educational institutions because they are definitely failing just .. I am sure any politically appointed board could find justifications for that ? Then take a recess break !

    Politics needs responsibility and the people of Bermuda needs to hold their government officials accountable for decisions that will definitely affect the options for convenient healthcare. My deepest regard is that I voted for the OBA for change but I never realized that this change would be regressive.

    I expect soon the political plan would be to turn this already purposed built healthcare facility into a privatised facility by some good friend of a friend of a politician.

    Come on OBA get it right and take off the OBA-PLP boxing gloves because that is definitely not needed in our MODERN BERMUDA which is looking for positive CHANGE.

    The people of Bermuda are not all NAIVE and right now some of your decisions have been questionable on many levels with regard to the people of Bermuda and their interest !!!

    And we are not that broke that we need to cancel our health facilities … you simple people. Get a life and be part of the solution. Maybe we need to remove the bathrooms from your homes because a lot of you have a lot of crap that overflows on these blogs. BE BERMUDIAN FOR THE RIGHT REASONS … WE ARE NOT PLP or OBA JUNKIES or ARE WE ?

    • Sandy Bottom says:

      14 customers a day. The place wasn’t used. It was just another vehicle to get more money into the pockets of government contractors.

      It’s just like Grand Atlantic. Expensive and unused.

      • Tsunami says:

        14 customers a day is 420 persons a month. Seems like a lot of usage to me.

  16. Lovita, please take all your MPs of the PLP and just go away. Can you imagine a country without you lot.. My god it would be Heaven. I am tired of hearing from you, Zane, Rolfe, Ewart, and the likes of all you negative PLP members. you never built Bermuda but you certainly destroyed it. Not one of you can handle finances, let alone run a country. None of you bring anything to the table, its always negative energy. There is NO MONEY because you spent it all…. please go away…

    • Impressive says:

      wow,, i feel alot of stereotypes in that post,, wow.. “you never build this country” “none of you can handle finances” “you spent it all”..

      wow,, just wow.. can’t say no more at this time.

    • Betty Trump says:

      GET REAL TERMINAL FROST>…..NO ONE IS GOING ANYWAY…so stop with your negative attitude, it is not required nor necessary. The real picture is a government that is lacking care for the average man or women. This is the real fact, that you are apart of the problem. Maybe it is you and folks whom think like you that should go away. NO drinking the mis-information diet given to you by the OBAubp…. there is money for the things that OBAubp deem are required only…I see they have you drinking and eating a diet that is lacking much info…..

      WHO increase our debt level in less than 5 months? It looks like the OBAubp did, while the PLP did it over a long slow period of 14 years. It was not for paying of the CS either as they like to suggest to folks and their supporters fall for it.

      This money was not for any debt by the PLP, but rather for $800m is to cover FUTURE shortfalls, not previous ones, so no it was not spent by the PLP. This isn’t “blame the PLP” day. Come back tomorrow for that.

      If this debt is to be used in the future but they are borrowing the funds now, what will they be doing with the money before it is spent? The OBAubp promised me on the doorstep they would create 2000 jobs, and that unemployment was not as a result of the global recession but a result of PLP economic policy over 14 years, the PLP grew the debt by just over $1 billion, per 14 years…..BUT the OBAubp will now grow the debt to nearly $1 BILLION IN LESS THAN 1 YEAR >>>WOW>>>> This is not a good look OBAubp, guess Mr. Richards is not the great financial Guru or Wiz Kid as many believed…

      Clearly the OBAupb have NO, NO PLAN to grow another leg to our economy or to create JOBS JOBS….a government that is lacking any solutions or ideas to move Bermuda forward…only DEAD PLAN the OBAubp have is to feed their fans and diehards a diet of “BLAME IT ON THE PLP”….rather wise fans would begin to ask and beg of their government to provide them with a PLAN of all what they promised pre-election to move Bermuda forward…REALLLY !!!

      • Moojun says:

        Betty, please try to understand… If you secure an $800mil credit facility one year that does NOT equal borrowing $800mil per year. The PLP ran up $1.5bln in real debt over 5 years, that equals $300mil per year (and they were so surprised by the heavy run rate that they had to go to local banks at the last minute for an overdraft facility).

        The OBA will use their $800mil facility over the next 3 years, that equals a yearly debt increase of $266mil per year (of which $159 mil per annum is to pay just the interest on the PLP inherited debt).

        The rest of the annual borrowing is to pay for the public service sector salaries that the PLP hired on without bothering to figure out how to ever pay for them. Or would you prefer that instead of borrowing to pay the Gov’t employees’ salaries over the next 3 years that the current Government just laid them off? No. I didn’t think so. And neither does the current Government.

        Come on Betty Trump, surely even you can see the basic economics at play here?

        • Betty Trump says:

          @ Moojun…..What are the OBAubp doing that is REALLY different? I see nothing different, yet they indicated that they had the ideas, solutions and Plan to move Bermuda forward. What you have written is what they also suggested the PLP of doing. Why are they continuing on the downward spiral of annual borrowing? What is so brilliant about about that…it is no different. Yet they indicated they too had ideas..REALLY…. So what is different? Nothing really, except spreading false data to fool folks other wise.

          Where is the PLAN to grow our economy..There is NO OBAubp PLAN, that is why they are borrowing, yet they pulled the PLP down for doing the same thing…REALLY ….Where is the promise to lower our debt, guess that was just to win votes pre-election only…

          Come on Moojun, there is nothing different the OBAubp are doing, that is so brilliant or great. I think your defending OBAubp, while failing to open your eyes to see they too have NO PLAN.

    • Serious though says:

      you like shouting , your appreciation of other people view is terrible. Do you the Jew people survived post world war 2 by being cynical? Just asking…

  17. swing voter says:

    the airport fire station has an infirmary with trained EMT 27/7

    c’mon Lovie I expected more from you after quietly and idly standing by while the money was pissed away by ……..oh well

  18. Should have never been built.A complete waste of our money.The only ones to profit from this ridiculous exercise were the developers. Smells just like the joke up in Warwick and the new hospital development. NASTY.
    FYI. Voted PLP since 1980.

  19. Realist says:

    Can you imagine what the country would be like if the PLP had won the last election? Our childrens’ futures would have been destroyed.Who knows,the damage done may not be able to be undone?
    Lets hope the new govt can perform a miracle!

  20. Young Person says:

    When Ms. Foggo came canvassing at my house, as a young person I had a lot of questions for her. This was my first time voting, and I wanted to make the right decision. I know she’s a former schoolteacher, so maybe she didn’t like answering to a young person but she got really irritated. Even my mom noticed and commented on it when she left. She had no comment on the debt the former government put us in, nor an answer for how we would get out of it. All she kept talking about was the UBP and how they were out to keep the black man down. She said I was too young to understand what it was like back then, but if I voted OBA I would soon find out. I felt like she wasn’t answering my questions properly and was just trying to scare me into voting for the PLP. She really insulted my intelligence as a young person by not answering my questions properly and just using scare tactics.

    • aceboy says:

      I fear for what she taught the children at whatever school she taught at. More poison no doubt.

  21. M.T. Pockets says:

    Ms Foggo, really? Your track record of accomplishments while you were in control is ???

    Where were the PLP MP’s when St George’s was being ignored and virtually closed down by the PLP?

    All I remember about you is your comment while canvassing about “A vote for the UBP is a vote to go back to the plantation”. Really hard to take anything you say seriously after that low blow. (and may I say a desperate comment that in my opinion is an insult to voters.

    Time to take a step back and re-evaluate.

    • Betty Trump says:

      Come on please… what is the Track record of the many of the OBAubp MPs? I think you lack such important information based upon your silly comment in regards to Ms Foggo. Lets not go there…as

      Over the pass several months many OBAubp MPs sit in the “House of Assembly” with out a voice, every time the house was in. The only MPs that spoke from the OBAubp side of the floor were the 8 that were former UBP MPs, the other barely speak a word. This tells us a great deal of what is really going on there ah? But one can hear Ms. Foggo speak loudly and bolding in the HOUSE of Assembly speaking for folks in her areas on issues that will impact them.

      I think you also need to hear some of the distasteful comments made in the House by your OBAubp MPs, before you throw ice on roof top of some, but not all.

      This issue is first about the care of folks, and more so care during a time when the Island may face a natural event. Stop with your silly attacks on Ms. Foggo and deal with the real issues.

  22. NYC says:

    St Georges is TIYAD! SOMERSET ALL DE WAY!9 more months till CUP MATCH!

  23. haha says:

    BHB closed it down …..not the OBA …..

    PAY ATTENTION PEOPLE THE PLP are trying to fool you all

  24. Who owns the BHB? Is it Oba gvt, or is its privately own?

  25. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Foggo…a radiologist told me who worked down there that he was doing 2 X-rays a day and was bored to death working down there. The place was open 24hrs a day and hemorrhaging money meanwhile the hospital staff were overworked and burnt out at KEMH. Makes sense closing it to me! A waste of taxpayers money!!

    • Time Shall Tell says:

      ahh no, the facility was never open 24 hours a day. The fact that the facility isn’t fully utilized is because doctors by default refer you to the Hospital. I recently utilized the facility for the exact purpose of having an X-Ray done, my doctor had first referred me to the hospital. However, since I was going to be in the area anyway I asked to be referred to the urgent care center instead.

  26. Regress & Destroy says:

    Come on you intelligent BERMUDIAN PEOPLE.

    Who in their right mind would squash a perfectly good facility for the people because the management team is bad.

    Change the management team and offer shift changes for the facility. In the 21st Century Bermudians can’t be that backwards.

    But listening to the comments on the blog. A lot of you are pathetic.

    It is said that our education system has not breeded smart, intelligent people.

    The trailer trash haters are just like the “Republican America” who are opposed to anything Obama SAYS.

    We need to revamp the Education system quickly and a lot of you need to attend SCHOOL instead of POLITICAL FORUMS. I am very ashamed of our people who blog IGNORANTLY and their mentality needs some education.

    I AM DISAPPOINTED in A LOT of YOU with narrow minds and small wishes.

    YOU ARE THE DESTRUCTION THAT IS LEADING BERMUDA DOWN THE GUTTERS. YOU KNOW THE GOVERMENT IS DOING WRONG BUT SHOUT LIKE HYENAS EVEN THOUGH YOU KNOW IT IS WRONG. WORNG !!! WRONG !!!

    WE KNOW WHERE WE ARE BUT YOU CAN’T SEE WHERE WE ARE GOING. THE PLP MESSED UP BUT WE ARE NOT AS BROKE AS THE GOVERNMENT CLAIMS … THIS IS AN AGENDA THAT SHOULD NOT BE ENGAGED. BLAME THE PLP FOR THEIR WRONG DOINGS BUT NOT THEIR RIGHT DOINGS. GROW UP AND BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND YOUR PEOPLE.

    “So is this a solution to a “percieved” problem ? Close it down. WOW … that took a lot of thought … now let’s do it in 3 weeks. Then let the people swallow the pill. THAT’S BAD HEALTHCARE !!!

    What MP Foggo says makes commonsense. It is not about politics … it is about the people.

    Taxis have just increased their ability to raise rates so it would be the people in that area that already have a facility that will have to DIG deeper into the pockets to get medical services as well as the others that travelled there for service. The healthcare facility is already purpose built. Medicare care is an essential tool for our society and regressing our islands healthcare care is definitely not an option.

    Should we also close down the educational institutions because they are definitely failing just .. I am sure any politically appointed board could find justifications for that ? Then take a recess break !

    Politics needs responsibility and the people of Bermuda needs to hold their government officials accountable for decisions that will definitely affect the options for convenient healthcare. My deepest regard is that I voted for the OBA for change but I never realized that this change would be regressive.

    I expect soon the political plan would be to turn this already purposed built healthcare facility into a privatised facility by some good friend of a friend of a politician.

    Come on OBA get it right and take off the OBA-PLP boxing gloves because that is definitely not needed in our MODERN BERMUDA which is looking for positive CHANGE.

    The people of Bermuda are not all NAIVE and right now some of your decisions have been questionable on many levels with regard to the people of Bermuda and their interest !!! “

  27. So the PLP are they still trying to deflect from their time in office? Well of course the PLP just fawned all over St David’s Island and the East End in general during their 14 years right? NOT!! So much so that only last week they had the stupidity to put out this statement ‘News of redundancies and cuts to the services at the Lamb-Foggo facility are a blow to the people of St. David’s. Since its launch, the Lamb-Foggo Urgent Care Centre has been a lifeline to a community that for too long has been ignored, neglected and treated like second class citizens… ‘

    So why after 14 years of PLP Governance with virtually all area MP’s during this period being PLP members was St David’s Islanders STILL neglected and treated like second class citizens?? Could it be that these MP’s and the PLP where more concerned with what they where getting rather than their community?? Sure looks that way to me and others!!

    If the PLP and their area MP’s where so concerned for St David’s Islanders then why then didn’t they give the Great/Grand Children etc… of those St David’s Islanders (and other former Southside land owners who had to vacate the land) first dibs on the existing base houses as well the newly built ones that where given to the Lottery Winners?? After all many Islanders who’s grandparents where forced off the land are still around, so something like that would have gone along way towards righting some of the neglect and they would not ‘still’ feel like second class citizens right?? Hell No, of course it appears the PLP preferred to give them to hand picked winners and to sell the others to ensure that they broke up that last area of Bermuda who dared to think that they where still a unique people with their own identity.

    Oh well it’s better to blame the new Govt for closing a facility that is at best underutilised and that with the Govt haemorrhaging money from the top heavy Govt and the disastrous policies and wanton waste of the PLP during their time as Govt. That as well as the small fact that it is the BHB that is closing it down by the way and not the Govt. Although I agree that it should remain open and the Govt could/should find the funds to do so by trimming elsewhere.

  28. Miguelito says:

    Very difficult to take this girl seriously.

  29. 1minute says:

    Next thing you know, they will shut down the Urgent Care Centre in the West End… Oh yeah, we didn’t get one…

    • Sick of Excuses says:

      1minute says: “Next thing you know, they will shut down the Urgent Care Centre in the West End… Oh yeah, we didn’t get one.”

      The west end also doesn’t have a causeway that could shut down in bad weather, leaving you cut off from the mainland. In case of medical emergency, you can get to KEMH but anyone east of the causeway would be stuck.

      East enders (of which I am one) are up in hysterics because they fear what could happen in cause of a bad storm or hurricane and they are cut off. What people are forgetting is that it is not about the urgent care facility, it is about the NEGLECTED CAUSEAY!!! Maybe Ms. Foggo could care to explain why the PLP never invested in getting the causeway fixed properly ONCE AND FOR ALL!!! All the money that was wasted on other things (such as Grand Atlantic) could have been invested in the causeway and bridge which are still on a temporary fix.

      How on earth can we have our only lifeline cut off when there is a
      the slightest blow? Not even mentioning that this is the only route to the airport. Even when flights are back up and running, sometimes the causeway is still closed. I remember desperately trying to get to the hospital in February, 2010, and the causeway being closed when there was barely a breeze. Officials were so paranoid over another causeway related incident, they didn’t know quite what to do! The policeman guarding the causeway even agreed it wasn’t windy at all, but of course he couldn’t let anyone across until it was evaluated. The PLP had plenty of time to fix the problem, and if they had we wouldn’t be so upset over the loss of Lamb-Foggo.

  30. Sesame Street Rock says:

    @Gilbert Pitcher

    You just don’t make sense. I surely hope the school system gets revamped for you ( LOL) but I would really like to hear what the St. Davids/St Georges OBA MPs have to say about closing down the Urgent Care Facility. A sensible management change would be a good idea (just remove the incompetence) – most business plans are five years, reviewed and revised accordingly. But bad management only needs to be there for less than a week to derail any progress of success. God forbid if the Causeway was to close during a hurricane and we have people trapped over St. Davids and St Georges. Do we have any smart politicans amongst our population that can think sensibly and with commonsense or is Mrs. Foggo it. Or is everything about “let’s see if I can give it to him or her” or to “some good friend of a friend of a politician” like Regress & Destroy says.

    Remember Hurricane season is here so the timing is extremely bad and definitely not good for the east enders. This village needs to stand together and fight for their healthcare facility.

    It doesn’t take a flight from Canada, the USA or Europe for a consultant to realize that we have no problem solving skills amongst our administrations to bring success and make decisions for us. I assume that we are the only place in the world that can not think for ourselves according to the government’s in charge. Embarassing but very true – so I guess a lot of the bloggers got educated through the local school system. LOL … How can you be so proud to be Bermudian when you can not think for yourself but it is so true that “we are so much more”.

    • @ Sensame Street…

      Yawn, Its clear as day to all but the sycophants no doubt. lol

    • @ Sesame … It’s clear as day actually.

      However I too would like to hear what they area MP’s feel on this but seeing as they will likely say what they feel people want to hear I doubt that their comments will mean much.

      Agreed, better management is probably key but I doubt that has ever beeen the case with the facility as it has been losing money since it opened and they have tried to ‘stem the flow’ but have clearly been unable to. Clearly why the BHB are taking the unpopular step to close it.

      Of course Hurricanes are a concern even though historically we don’t get many this late in the season but what about other unforseen emergencies which may close the causeway? By parroting the Hurricane line shows YOU are incapable of thinking for yourself Lol. It would be be a pity should the causeway be closed and there is a need for the facility to be open but unless there is a change of mind and additional funds made available then …

      Reading between the lines apparently not agreeing with you & the PLP means I/we haven’t the ability to think for ourselves (yawns) turns the page lol

  31. 1minute says:

    Two options:

    1. Have an East end doctor move their practice into the building. They could strike a deal with the BHB to keep the equipment for a small fee. they could be a practise and also an emergency centre for true emergencies. Plus in times of disasters, like Fabian, be available as an urgent care facility

    2. Keep it open and move the Government Clinic from Hamilton into it.

    • Sick of Excuses says:

      So all the people that took advantage of the Hamilton clinic will have to travel all the way to St. David’s?

      Yup, that should really go over well.

      • Tsunami says:

        Is the Hamilton clinic an urgent care facility or do people use the emergency room of the Hospital?

        • Sick of Excuses says:

          No, the Hamilton clinic isn’t an urgent care facility. They don’t service everyone. What comes to mind is the baby/schoolchildren’s health clinic (minor illnesses, vaccines, etc.) the women’s health clinic and the dental clinic. They may also service seniors, but I’m not 100% sure. At one point, prison officers and select other uniformed government workers used it for medical care but I’m not sure if they still do.

  32. Awake says:

    Please show me where the OBA promised to have an “ambulance station”. I can’t find that promise anywhere but stand to be corrected. Regardless, Miss Foggo has the nerve blame the OBA for the demise in St.George’s while her team, including Jennifer Smith (no, I will NOT call her “Dame”!), DID NOTHING! They had 14 years to prove themselves to the people of St. George’s. Get off your high horse Miss Foggo!!!

  33. Awake says:

    Never mind…found it. I don’t see however, a date as to when the ambulance station would be implemented. SMH!

  34. Sick of Excuses says:

    I really cannot believe Ms. Foggo can make any complaints with a straight face. Ms. Foggo, it is most unfortunate that you were not as vocal when your PLP counterparts were running Bermuda aground. Did you have the guts to speak up and say they were wrong? No!! By remaining silent, whether through indifference or intimidation, you contributed to the problem.
    Now you expect the OBA to wave a magic wand and make everything right in your time frame. They are still in the process of trying to clean up the mess YOU…yes YOU!!!…created. Where is the money for this ambulance station going to come from? The government is broke because of YOU…yes YOU!!!
    You really do have a lot of nerve indeed!!!

    • “Word”!!!

    • Betty Trump says:

      Guess you forgot,…how so easy to escape from the truth…it was the OBAubp pre-election who promised the people that they had a Magic Wand and all the Solutions and Ideas to move Bermuda forward. Now that they are not able to keep at least ONE of their promises, they are twisting things around and singing that dead old Blame Song Card…”Blame it on the PLP”…..In 4 years time, this old song will NO longer be effective, folks will hold the OBAubp accountable.

      To continue blame it on the PLP will fall on deaf ears…As folks know this is not entirely true…. They are smart and realize there were other factors at work as well…….such as the RECESSION…Folks will ask what did the OBAubp do? Folks will see that the OBAubp did nothing but place blame and shift blame….NO one wants to hear that, in fact folks are growing tried of it. Many believe it is merely a way for the OBAubp not to provide an outline of a PLAN to move Bermuda Forward. More so….to provide JOBS for folks…. OBAUbp moving the country backwards…fast….

  35. Sesame Street Rock says:

    @ Awake ,@M.T. Pockets.

    Stop Blaming. This is a Bermuda problem especially for you people in the east end including the airport. If there is a serious incident with arriving or departing passengers and the bridge is closed or just general healthcare in the area – the purpose built facility is there.

    What is your solution ? Fix what needs to be done or be the OSCAR in the room.

    You and all the other half wits can’t live in the past forever. Or can you ? So just stop complaining like a spoiled grouch and help put our house in order.

    Realize we have a purpose built healthcare facility that the current government is considering closing … so grow up and come up with a solution. The PLP can do nothing right now and can’t change the past. If they screwed up then so be it. LET’S JUST CONSIDER WHAT WE HAVE AND HOW CAN WE FIX IT FOR THE PEOPLE OF BERMUDA !

    I am sure you are no rocket scientist and I expect that none of your family members are as well. So act like an adult and make the steps forward to get something done. The urgent care facility is NOW .. I repeat. This needs to be addressed NOW. NOT YESTERDAY – no single party or person built BERMUDA – it was neighborhoods and everything was never always done right by our government and our forefathers – SO GET OVER IT.

    Many of the politicians just took on the role – they were not all the most intelligent bunch of people with some never getting past a high school education. This is what we have in Bermuda – but they were the chosen ones elected and … with some of the politicians “their agenda was not always the people’s agenda”. I PEPEAT … SOME OF OUR POLITICIANS have their own agenda. So don’t put them on pedestals. That’s why we have elections. But realize some of those people are really smart and credit should be given and they do have the people’s INTEREST at heart.

    It took families with all sorts of issues like you display – yours are too personal that it keeps you RETARDED and a HINDERANCE to anything that can be POSITIVELY moved forward. It is you that can help but you spend so much time hating, blaming and complaining about things that you become effectively useless unless we want to listen to you grumble all day. Absolutely a waste of ENERGY and NOTHING gets done as you take up air time !!!

    Cheez … you people on these blogs have so much personal issues, it is unbelievable !!! Who constantly complains about a dirty house without cleaning will forever live in rubbish. Just roll your sleeves up … get over it and contribute to cleaning up the mess. But for heaven sakes GROW UP and stop whining, complaining and stop avoiding do the housecleaning. Things need to move forward for our children. So all of you, PLEASE … PLEASE … PLEASE … JUST GROW UP.

    It is not always about OBA and PLP. It’s about BERMUDA !!!

    WE know the PLP made numerous mistakes but keep it real WHY ..WHY .. WHY. DON’T YOU EVER GET TIRED OF BLAMING AND COMPLAINING !!! Will admitting they made mistakes let you move on and then I guess – YOU WIN WHATEVER STUPID GAME that you where looking to be RIGHT ABOUT. And then WE CAN MOVE ON. SO Let me help you and many other out. THE PLP, UBP and many other Governments have messed up. But at this rate, the OBA looks set to mess up as well. Because it doesn’t appear that they have the people’s interest at heart. HAPPY NOW !!. WAKE UP .. You are now a muppet on Sesame Street – Just don’t be OSCAR the GROUCH.

    POLITICIANS ARE FICKLE BUT PLEASE RESOLVE YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND COME UP WITH ANSWERS THAT OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT CAN EMPLOY. LIVE IN THE NOW … THE PAST is just THAT. THE PAST.

    Climb out of your CAN and start helping the neighborhood.

    The Fix-it Shop … this is where Marva and Luis worked at the end of the neighborhood block on Sesame Street and the muppets understood that in order to get things fixed and move forward you sometimes had to HELP OUT. I know you can be helpful … so talk like you have an education and help us come up with sensible solutions as a people.

    Remember … some politicians have agenda that may not be in the best interest of the people who they PRETEND to serve. Over the years … they are usually exposed – no matter what side of the political fence that they sit on. Some are educated and others are dumb as a door nail. You know that and so do I.

    SO BE HELPFUL and DO SOMETHING USEFUL IN YOUR LIFE BESIDES CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PAST AND THE PLP – THIS .. AND THE OBA – THAT.

    STOP being the OSCAR in the neighborhood and come out of your CAN which is full of rubbish and help your neighborhood (BERMUDA) and throw away some of your old garbage !!! You will feel so much more refreshed. I hope that you are not the person with so many insecurities that bashing others make you feel superior.

    I don’t know who you are but write a book, create a movie or just sing a song if you have so much personal anger that it is difficult for you to work with your neighbors. It would make for a more pleasant BERMUDA and your distractions from grouching would not interfere with the people who generally like to work on improvements for our great ISLE here in BERMUDA and support the positive that can move Bermuda and it people forward.

  36. enough says:

    I am sorry that the UC facility is closing. The reality is that the BHB does not have the funds to subsidise this service. Much of the blame for this must fall on the previous administration because of wasted money Does the public know how much for instance the previous CEO of the hospital was paid. ($700,000 per year +$30,000 per month housing allowance) The Medical Director was paid $700,000 per year + housing allowance at The Princess, and weekly 1st class flights to the US. We know how successful he was! Who was responsible for these payments? Anyone please correct me if these figures are inaccurate.

  37. Alvin Williams says:

    This is the other shoe that has fallen under this anti-Bermudian one term
    OBA government. First it has sort to dismantle a stable area of Bermudian employment by insisting that government workers take a pay cut putting Bermudian families under economic peril . Next it will dismantle Bermuda’s
    infrastructure claiming that it costs to much. Who closes a medical centre
    in one’s country? People who should know better or rather they do know better like to pretend that they don’t know where government money was spent under the PLP government. One thing for sure it was not spent on Wall Street or within the Housing bubble that collapse which started the world wide economic crisis. Although some of Bermuda’s business got caught big time in the investments they made which turn bad. And of course this was down played by the local media; because if the truth was told than the OBA would not gotten away with telling the big lie and convince the people that they have the solutions; beginning with the two thousands job promise which now has turn into four thousand plus unemployment for Bermudians. A OBA supporter former UBP supporter told me when I ask; well where is the two thousand jobs promise? His reply Rome was not built in a day. Yes the but OBA promise they could come up with two thousand jobs giving the impression that indeed Rome could be built in a day as long as they are elected the government. Now they are upset they did not get a so-called political honeymoon in the wake of their election victory and they will not get political immunity. No matter how much they seek to blame the PLP for Bermuda’s fiscal situation. It is now their fiscal situation; it is now their government debt to mange. And it is for them to deal with the crisis of expectations felt by Bermudians. Yes Rome was not built in a day; But I remind this anti-Bermudian one term OBA government; Rome did fall in one day.

    • jt says:

      Mr. Williams – “who closes a medical facility in one’s own country?” Lots of people do – governments and private sector all over the world. It happens all the time. Why do they do it? Because they are not cost effective and cannot be afforded – just like this one. They also make cuts and slashes to budgets and staffing in the ones that do remain open if they have to – that is the real world. The PLP world is apparently different than this, which is but one of the reasons we are in such a state. Get real.
      Also – who is closing the facility – OBA or BHB?
      World economic crisis – tired of hearing about this from the uniformed – such as yourself (I actually don’t think you are uninformed and do know the truth, but it does not fit your agenda, so you ignore it). Bermuda was not going to escape some impact, but the business that exists(ed) here was one of the one’s that stood to weather the crisis the best (and did) and we would have come out of this way better than we did had the year’s leading up to the crisis, and the years during the crisis been better managed by our governement. Anyone who thinks differently needs to have a real talk with the people in our IB industry. It is the truth, even though you and many others will not accept it. The PLP blew a stack of our money prior to the crisis in an already overheated economy leaving no buffer, and then instituted unfriendly policies and attitudes towards IB and guest workers before and during the crisis and refused to budge form those positions at a time when we needed to actually soften our policies as much as possible.
      Re: 2000 jobs – 5 year term – it will take longer to restore them than it took to desttroy them.
      I think it is fair to say that in the final analysis it is the PLP who have proved to be the anti-Bermudian governemnt, unfortunately they were not one term.

    • Betty Trump says:

      Well said MR Williams, you have spoken volumes. The reality is Rome did fall in one day. OBAubp are playing the Blame Game, as they are not able to hold true to all of their Election Promises. SO they have to give the fans something to focus on to divert them from the real issues…like JOBS, JOBS< and more JOBS…..

      • jt says:

        Anything of substance to add Betty, beyond the same crap you post every day – almost word for word? Speak to the issue. At least Mr. Williams does that. If you beleive the costs justify the 14 people served their daily, say so and say why. Perhaps you have an alternative solution to closing the faciliry which will address the cost issue? Give an opinion, I can respect that. I can respect Mr. Williams, even though I disagree with him, but the crap you post cannot be respected.

        I am going to write on a peice of paper what i expect you reply to be and will share it with you after you reply.

    • Bermuda Male says:

      To Mr. Alvin Williams,

      1. Did or do you consider the PLP to be ‘anti-Bermudian’ due to the fact that during their reign they negotiated a 5% civil service payout with the Unions? Where was your righteous indignation back then?

      2. What is your view on the Unions who accepted the pay reduction as it was not simply pushed down the throats by the current Government?

      3. What is your view on Mr. Bean’s speech in which he stated that Bermudians need to stop being so over reliant on Government while also stating that the need to cut Government expenses is paramount and necessary?

  38. Governor says:

    The PLP put Bermudians out of work!

  39. Sesame Street Rock says:

    Sesame Street Rock says:
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    November 5, 2013 at 11:33 am

    @ Awake ,@M.T. Pockets.

    Stop Blaming. This is a Bermuda problem especially for you people in the east end including the airport. If there is a serious incident with arriving or departing passengers and the bridge is closed or just general healthcare in the area – the purpose built facility is there.

    What is your solution ? Fix what needs to be done or be the OSCAR in the room.

    You and all the other half wits can’t live in the past forever. Or can you ? So just stop complaining like a spoiled grouch and help put our house in order.

    Realize we have a purpose built healthcare facility that the current government is considering closing … so grow up and come up with a solution. The PLP can do nothing right now and can’t change the past. If they screwed up then so be it. LET’S JUST CONSIDER WHAT WE HAVE AND HOW CAN WE FIX IT FOR THE PEOPLE OF BERMUDA !

    I am sure you are no rocket scientist and I expect that none of your family members are as well. So act like an adult and make the steps forward to get something done. The urgent care facility is NOW .. I repeat. This needs to be addressed NOW. NOT YESTERDAY – no single party or person built BERMUDA – it was neighborhoods and everything was never always done right by our government and our forefathers – SO GET OVER IT.

    Many of the politicians just took on the role – they were not all the most intelligent bunch of people with some never getting past a high school education. This is what we have in Bermuda – but they were the chosen ones elected and … with some of the politicians “their agenda was not always the people’s agenda”. I PEPEAT … SOME OF OUR POLITICIANS have their own agenda. So don’t put them on pedestals. That’s why we have elections. But realize some of those people are really smart and credit should be given and they do have the people’s INTEREST at heart.

    It took families with all sorts of issues like you display – yours are too personal that it keeps you RETARDED and a HINDERANCE to anything that can be POSITIVELY moved forward. It is you that can help but you spend so much time hating, blaming and complaining about things that you become effectively useless unless we want to listen to you grumble all day. Absolutely a waste of ENERGY and NOTHING gets done as you take up air time !!!

    Cheez … you people on these blogs have so much personal issues, it is unbelievable !!! Who constantly complains about a dirty house without cleaning will forever live in rubbish. Just roll your sleeves up … get over it and contribute to cleaning up the mess. But for heaven sakes GROW UP and stop whining, complaining and stop avoiding do the housecleaning. Things need to move forward for our children. So all of you, PLEASE … PLEASE … PLEASE … JUST GROW UP.

    It is not always about OBA and PLP. It’s about BERMUDA !!!

    WE know the PLP made numerous mistakes but keep it real WHY ..WHY .. WHY. DON’T YOU EVER GET TIRED OF BLAMING AND COMPLAINING !!! Will admitting they made mistakes let you move on and then I guess – YOU WIN WHATEVER STUPID GAME that you where looking to be RIGHT ABOUT. And then WE CAN MOVE ON. SO Let me help you and many other out. THE PLP, UBP and many other Governments have messed up. But at this rate, the OBA looks set to mess up as well. Because it doesn’t appear that they have the people’s interest at heart. HAPPY NOW !!. WAKE UP .. You are now a muppet on Sesame Street – Just don’t be OSCAR the GROUCH.

    POLITICIANS ARE FICKLE BUT PLEASE RESOLVE YOUR PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND COME UP WITH ANSWERS THAT OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT CAN EMPLOY. LIVE IN THE NOW … THE PAST is just THAT. THE PAST.

    Climb out of your CAN and start helping the neighborhood.

    The Fix-it Shop … this is where Marva and Luis worked at the end of the neighborhood block on Sesame Street and the muppets understood that in order to get things fixed and move forward you sometimes had to HELP OUT. I know you can be helpful … so talk like you have an education and help us come up with sensible solutions as a people.

    Remember … some politicians have agenda that may not be in the best interest of the people who they PRETEND to serve. Over the years … they are usually exposed – no matter what side of the political fence that they sit on. Some are educated and others are dumb as a door nail. You know that and so do I.

    SO BE HELPFUL and DO SOMETHING USEFUL IN YOUR LIFE BESIDES CONSTANTLY COMPLAINING ABOUT THE PAST AND THE PLP – THIS .. AND THE OBA – THAT.

    STOP being the OSCAR in the neighborhood and come out of your CAN which is full of rubbish and help your neighborhood (BERMUDA) and throw away some of your old garbage !!! You will feel so much more refreshed. I hope that you are not the person with so many insecurities that bashing others make you feel superior.

    I don’t know who you are but write a book, create a movie or just sing a song if you have so much personal anger that it is difficult for you to work with your neighbors. It would make for a more pleasant BERMUDA and your distractions from grouching would not interfere with the people who generally like to work on improvements for our great ISLE here in BERMUDA and support the positive that can move Bermuda and it people forward.