speaks out about Dr. Gill’s situation
Opposition are aware of some of the problems our people are struggling with. We
have heard your cries - one of the current issue is the question of Dr. Vanessa
Gill. What will happen? She understands that she is not wanted at Peebles
Hospital." This statement was part of the speech delivered by the Leader of the
Opposition the Hon. Ralph T O'Neal on Tuesday 13 July on ZBVI Radio. Hon. O'Neal
said that he believes when Dr. Gill wrote within the terms of her contract that
she would like her employment to continue. The proper thing to do was to reply
to her in writing, not as Mr. O’Neal understands to have the Chief of Medical
Staff tell her that her services are no longer needed at Peebles Hospital.
went on to say that the people who have made representation would like to have
Dr. Gill practice privately in the territory. Hon. O'Neal further stated that
Dr. Gill has applied to the Hon. Minister of Health and Welfare to continue her
practice in the Territory.
The Leader of
the Opposition disclosed that he discussed the matter with the Minister on
Thursday July 1 and was informed that the Minister must first discuss the matter
with his colleagues (Executive Council) before he could send Dr. Gill an answer.
Mr. O'Neal said that he understood that the Executive Council must be involved
because one Minister, the Chief Minister is responsible for immigration and the
Minister of Natural Resources and Labour is responsible for the issue of
The Leader of
the Opposition disclosed that he spoke to the Chief Minister on 25 June and told
him according to the wishes of the people he should be careful in coming to a
decision about Dr. Gill and her application to practice privately in the
territory. Mr. O'Neal referred to the case many years ago of Dr. Robin
Tattersall, where there were certain people in the community who wished to see
him removed from the territory. Those people presented petitions to Dr. the Hon.
Willard Wheatley who was the then Chief Minister and although he was pressured
by the elements who wanted Dr. Tattersall gone, Mr. Wheatley stood his ground
and said that he was not going to satisfy the petitioners’ request.
said there is one conclusion that can be drawn and that is that Dr. Gill should
be allowed to practice privately in the territory.
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