Kamla writes letter to chairman of NCRHA to clarify legal base for regulating authority

Once again, the Leader of the opposition party - Kamla Persad Bissesar, has called upon NCRHA and asked it to clarify the legal basis for the authority that regulates the Couva Hospital.

Trinidad and Tobago: Once again, the Leader of the opposition party – Kamla Persad Bissesar, has called upon NCRHA and asked it to clarify the legal basis for the authority that regulates the Couva Hospital.

Bissesar wrote a letter to the chairman of NCRHA – Mr Steve De Lasand, and the CEO – Mr Davlin Thomas, on 1 June 2021. The opposition leader, in a letter, noted that “The Couva Medical and Multi-Training Facility Limited was incorporated on 3rd July 2018, according to the provisions of the Companies Act 1995, however, the Company has no current role in the management of the Couva Hospital.”

She further recalled the budget statement of the Finance Minister of T&T – Colm Imbert in the year 2019 delivered on 1st October and stated that “The Couva Medical and Multi-Training Facility would be jointly owned by the government of Trinidad and Tobago and the University of the West Indies – UWI.”

“Professor Brian Copeland confirmed that the UWI would be a majority shareholder of the company, holding 51 per cent shares in company 1.
However, based on the most recent Annual Returns filed for the company on the 26th August 2020, the only shareholder was the Minister of Finance, as a corporation sole, holding all ten ordinary shares at a value of $1 per share that was issued.”

The opposition leader further added that “No shares have been issued to the UWI. Therefore, the company continues to be a company entirely owned by the state.”

A few days back, the opposition party has claimed that it has been informed via their reliable sources that the senior doctors are forcefully transferred from the Couva hospital and called on the health minister of Trinidad and Tobago to look into the matter and give orders to investigate it.