People’s United Party

Secretariat

PRESS RELEASE December 6, 2012 The People's United Party (PUP) strongly condemns the gross insensitivity, negligence and abuse being shown towards women and children as displayed in two instances that have come to national attention in recent days. The first is the cases of apparent medical negligence and malpractice at the Northern Regional Hospital within the past three months. There are a minimum of nine incidents in which both mothers and babies have either sustained severe injuries or have died; the most recent being two days ago in which baby Harmony died. The second is the matter of Police Corporal Sharmane Young serving at San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, who has been suddenly and arbitrarily transferred primarily due to the arrest of a Tourist. The Corporal was carrying out her duties as the Tourist involved in the incident was found guilty of assaulting her by a court of law. The PUP decries the political meddling and high handedness of a government Minister in Police work, as well as what we consider to be virtual criminal neglect of the ongoing crisis at the Northern Regional Hospital. In the case of Corporal Young, this officer has commitments and family responsibilities; in the multiple cases in the Orange Walk and Corozal Districts entire families as well as women and children are suffering due to the Government's failure to take swift and decisive action. All this is happening during Disabilities Week and the Sixteen Days of Activism Against Genderbased Violence. The PUP considers these cases to be violence against women and children at the hands of Government and the relevant Ministers. This kind of political interference in the work of the Police must stop. We also make a firm call for the immediate suspension of the doctors or medical personnel involved in the many cases, and as well it is imperative that an impartial and independent inquiry into these serious cases at the Northern Regional Hospital be speedily conducted and proper action taken. For more Information contact DPL Hon Dolores Balderamos Garcia at 672-0457.

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