PNP mourns the death of Syringa Marshall Burnett
The People's National Party (PNP) has released a statement saying it is very saddened by the death of former Senate President, Syringa Marshall Burnett.
Marshall Burnett died last night, reportedly from complications after being hospitalised with chikungunya.
SEE: Former Senate President Syringa Marshall-Burnett dies following chik-V complications
The PNP says Marshall Burnett, a nurse by profession, pioneered several advancements in Nursing Education and in the practical aspects of health care delivery systems over many years.
"A former president of the Nurses' Association of Jamaica, she was a staunch advocate for workers rights, women's rights and a raft of social issues," said a PNP spokesperson.
"The improvements and successes she scored in these areas by her strident advocacy achieved better working and social conditions across her beloved Jamaica."
The former legislator was also remembered for her contributions to politics.
"As President of the Senate she was seen as the Grande Dame who guided her flock as a proud hen would lead her young. Nothing pleased her more than young leaders emerging and doing well," the PNP said.
The party said funeral arrangements will be announced soon.
Remembering Syringa Marshall Burnett
PNP president, Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller:
"Syringa Marshall Burnett was a true Jamaican daughter. A beloved sister and a champion of people's cause. She has served the medical profession with distinction and was an inspired advocate for women's issues."
PNP Chairman Robert Pickersgill:
"Her contributions at the Executive Committee were timely and profound. The balance she provided could have only come from her and reflected the tremendous experience she had coming from many years of serving quietly with all four Presidents of the Party."
PNP deputy general secretary, Raymond Pryce:
"Many of us younger members serving in the PNP would have benefited from those surprise phone calls or emails which would set out commendations, advise gems of reminders which reassured, strengthened, advised and helped."
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