Speaker of the House of Assembly Hon. Julian Willock is touched by the outpouring of sympathies expressed following his brief hospitalization this week.
Word of the Speakers’ short stay at the Dr. D. Orlando Smith Hospital was aired during the House of Assembly on 20 July. The first mention that Hon. Willock was unwell was made by Deputy Speaker, Hon. Neville Smith as he told the House, “At this time, I would like to apologise for the Speaker who is not well today and I was saddled with the duties, so I would try my best to do him well.”
During that sitting Premier and Leader of Government business in the House of Assembly Hon. Andrew Fahie also commented that the Speaker was feeling unwell. The Premier said, “We have been made to understand that he is hospitalised and our prayers are with the Speaker because we know in these times of sickness we have to stay closer to God than ever, although we are supposed to do that at all times.”
The Premier also said: “We know that he may be listening on his hospital bed and we pray that God’s healing power be with him.”
Upon his return to the House the next day (21 July) Hon. Willock expressed appreciation for the good wishes. He said: “I would like to express my gratitude and humility for all the kind wishes and prayers from both members past and present, my family friends… and the public during my brief illness and hospitalization.”
Alluding that the people’s business has to go on Hon. Willock admitted that although he was sitting in the Speaker’s chair he was still not fully well. “While I am not 100 percent, your prayers and words of encouragement were a reservoir for inspiration. I thank also doctors at staff at the Dr. D. Orlando Hospital for their care, professionalism, and courtesies during my stay,” he told the legislators.