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Vaz: Censure motion will help bring clarity in dead babies scandal

Published:Thursday | November 5, 2015 | 10:09 AM
West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz. – File Photo

West Portland Member of Parliament Daryl Vaz says while his motion to censure health minister Dr Fenton Ferguson may not succeed in Parliament it will help to bring clarity to the issues surrounding the dead babies scandal.

On Tuesday, Vaz tabled a resolution in Parliament calling for Ferguson to be censured over the issue.

READ: Daryl Vaz moves resolution for Fenton Ferguson to be censured

The opposition MP is contending that Ferguson should be sanctioned for gross dereliction of duty.

Vaz wants the House to declare that it has no confidence in the health minister and recommend that Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller removes him.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) and Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson. – File Photo

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller (left) and Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson. – File Photo

However, Vaz says success of the motion is secondary to having the issues properly aired.

 

Member of Parliament for West Portland, Daryl Vaz.

Yesterday, leader of government business in the House of Representatives, Phillip Paulwell said he would be moving to have the motion debated next week Tuesday.

He noted that once censure motions are moved, they have to be dealt with speedily.

He says his aim is to have the matter concluded in Tuesday’s sitting.

Ferguson has been under pressure since he admitted that he learnt about an infection outbreak at two major hospitals in October, which was almost four months after it was first detected.

The outbreaks led to the deaths of 19 babies.