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'Labourites politicising deaths of babies' - PNP Women's Movement VP claims JLP destroyed health sector

Published:Monday | November 2, 2015 | 11:00 AMGary Spaulding
People's National Party supporters celebrate during a mass rally in Annotto Bay, St Mary, last night.

The governing People's National Party (PNP) last night signalled that it does not plan to surrender to the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) despite the current Senate controversy and the scandal surrounding the deaths of 19 babies resulting from bacterial infections at local hospitals.

Second-tier PNP stalwarts took the fight to the JLP last night, even as the party kept its embattled members out of the firing line during a mass rally in Annotto Bay, St Mary.

With Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson out of sight, although the Eastern St Thomas seat that he represents is part of Region Two which hosted last night's rally, the PNP Women's Movement came to his defence.

"The JLP did nothing to aid the health sector," charged Vivenne Douglas Lee, vice-president of the movement, who said she was speaking to, and on behalf of, women.

"They mash up health and now politicising the deaths of babies."

Government Senator Lambert Brown also came out swinging as he tackled his opposition counterparts in the upper chamber of Gordon House.

"It took a man that can't see (Senate President Floyd Morris) to show the Labourites that a bathroom is different from the lunchroom," quipped Brown.

On Friday, Brown called for opposition senators to apologise to the staff of Gordon House for misrepresentations surrounding the suspension of Opposition Senator Marlene Malahoo Forte after she failed to furnish a letter to Morris.

Malahoo Forte's suspension triggered a boycott by the opposition senators that has stalled the debate on three bills designed to establish the Caribbean Court of Justice as Jamaica's final appellate body.

Only two days after the Opposition continued its boycott of the Senate, Brown refused to let up.

He charged that the JLP cannot be trusted, given the "lies" in which its members have been caught.

gary.spaulding@gleanerjm.com