Opposition Leader Criticizes Healthcare Sector under Briceno Admin in Lengthy Budget Debate Session

Opposition Leader Criticizes Healthcare Sector under Briceno Admin in Lengthy Budget Debate Session

As we have reported, today is day two of the budget debate; but there was much said in yesterday’s 7-hour session.  Among the presentations was the opposition leader, Moses Shyne Barrow, criticizing the healthcare sector under the Briceno administration.

Moses “Shyne” Barrow, Leader of the Opposition: “Finally, the government has heeded my call that the Ministry of Infrastructure, despite the tantrums that the member from Cayo South threw on media saying well, if they don’t give him his infrastructure budget that everybody will feel. I am, don’t want to go too far. I Madam Speaker, am somewhat optimistic, somewhat cautiously optimistic that finally the Briceno administration has heeded the call of the UDP that infrastructure should not be a bigger budget than the Ministry of Health. KHMH needs a complete overhaul, Madam Speaker and our government will deliver on that, Madam Speaker, because again this budget does not speak to that. Our facilities countrywide need to be upgraded, Madam Speaker. Budget doesn’t speak to that. We need a new lab, budget doesn’t speak to that. The CAT scan came in. We need three more CAT scans. We don’t need one CAT scan. We’ve been waiting on a  CAT scan for three years. For that three years I thought that it would have been four CAT scans that came in because we need a CAT scan for southern, western, and northern regional public health facilities, Madam Speaker. And this Madam Speaker, this – yes, sell the dreams, everything is coming. The Messiah is coming too right ? The Messiah is coming.’ Certainly it wasn’t you all so we are still waiting. The Briceno administration continues to insult the Belizean people, even referring to the expansions of the Medical Associates, Healthcare Partners and Hope hospital in San Pedro. The average working class Belizean people can’t afford that, Madam Speaker. Yes, he and his family could afford that. I could afford that, many of the members can afford that, Madam Speaker, but the average Belizean people need to see a budget that strengthens our public health facilities Madam Speaker but just as the Prime Minister does with the numbers from the IMF and the statistical shadow boxing and shadow dancing Madam Speaker so he does talking about private hospitals as if that is anything to brag. I don’t even want to get into Healthcare Partners  how the member from Caribbean Shores and member from Fort George how their father cost us a hundred or two hundred million dollars for a hospital that was founded by his cronies that the government and the taxpayers paid for and we still don’t own Madam Speaker. But I’ll leave that for another time Madam Speaker.”

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