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Tobago Regional Health Authority

Question No. 51 to the Secretary of Health Wellness and Social Protection.

MINORITY LEADER(Mr. Kelvon Morris) asked the Secretary of Health, Wellness and Social Protection, the following question:

“As it relates to the appointment of the Tobago Regional Health Authority Board of Directors, can the Secretary confirm the following:

  • a. The name of each Board member, their respective portfolios and their remuneration?

  • b. What was the effective date of the appointments?”

Assemblyman Dr. Faith B.Yisrael.

Thank you, Madam Presiding officer. The  names of the board of Directors of the Tobago Regional Health Authority Board are: Ms. Christlyn Moore - Chairman and Director - Law; Miss Dhanique Jerry, Deputy Chairman and Director of THA interest; Miss Alana Alleyne - Director, Finance and Economy; Mr. Nkosi Dick – Director,Business Management; Dr. Bridgette Edmund-Benoit - Director of Medicine; Mr. McKacy Prince Martin - Director of  Research Project and Operations Management; Mrs Karen Moore-Nicholson - Director of Nursing; Mrs. Yvette Parks-Caruth - Director of Public Interest and Welfare, and Miss Sangeeta Siew - Director of Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

The remunerations are as follows:

  • Chairman - $10,000 per month plus an allowance of $1,000;

  •  Deputy Chairman, $7,500 plus an allowance of $750; and for each of the directors, $5,000 plus an allowance of $500 dollars…

My apology. The date of appointments on the instrument was January 6th, 2023

Can the Secretary explain to the people of Tobago why it took so long for her to publicly announce this Board to the people of Tobago.

Assemblyman Dr. Faith B.Yisrael.

Madam Presiding Officer, as we indicated, the date on the signatures - the signature of the President was January 6th, 2023. However, we did not get that information until close to the end of January beginning of February, and then we subsequently had the induction and the announcement was made immediately following the induction.

There is a member of the board who is currently residing out of the country. How do you plan to treat with that? As far as I understand, the Member is residing somewhere in North America. Is it that you are going to pay taxpayers’ money to fly in the member? Are you going to use unsecured methods to have her join your meetings? How are you going to treat with this?

Minority Leader, could you repeat the question please?

The question is - there a Member on the Board who is currently residing outside of the country? As far as I understand, the Member is residing in North America, and therefore, I am quite concerned, and I am trying to find out from the Secretary, how does she plan to treat with that situation.

Assemblyman Dr. Faith B.Yisrael?

Certainly, Madam Presiding Officer. Are you able to say which member of the board is currently in the United States?

Are you not aware that you appointed somebody on the board that is residing outside of the country?

Can you answer the question please?

I gave the information. It is you to tell me. I am not the one responding to the questions. I am asking the questions.

Members, it is a question and answer segment. Assemblyman Dr. B.Yisrael, can you answer the question?


Are you not aware of that situation?

Okay, Minority Leader. Thank you.

Are you prepared to answer the question?

I am not prepared to answer the question since the Member is not able to provide the information required, and that information is not part of the initial set of questions.


 The information I have is, that there is a member on the board who resides outside of the country.


Members, I am going to caution you all today - once!  This is not the time and place.

Assemblyman Dr. F. B.Yisrael can you answer that question today?

I am not able to answer that question, and I need to specifically point us to the specific question on the Order Paper. The question says:

“As it relates to the appointment of the Tobago Regional Health Authority (TRHA) Board of Directors, can the Secretary confirm the following:

   a. The name of each Board member, their respective portfolios and their remuneration?

  b. What was the effective date of the appointments?

That is the information I am prepared to provide at this point.

I am going to ask if this information could be provided to the Minority subsequently?

Madam Presiding Officer, I am willing to name the individual since the name is on the Board…

She asked that a short while ago.

Stop please! Continue.


Can I hear your question please?


The Member as far as I understand, is one Allana Alleyne who resides outside of the country at this time, and therefore, I want to know from the Secretary how she plans to treat with that situation?


Okay. That information would be provided to you subsequently.

 Am I allowed a follow-up question?

Is there any particular reason why there are two persons who are currently employed in the Secretary’s office and is also on the Board?

 Assemblyman Dr. F. B.Yisrael.

The requirements of the board are that the member represent several areas. Those areas are Director - Law - THA interest; Director - Finance and Economy; Director - Business Management; Director - Medicine; Director - Research Project and Operations Management; Director – Nursing; Director - Public Interest and Welfare, and Director Personnel Management and Industrial Relations.

This Board went through the entire process, including going through the Executive Council, going through Cabinet, getting the President’s signature, which means, they met the requirements as outlined by the Act.

 Those were the three questions, Minority Leader.

 We had three. You are free to start question 52.

14th Plenary Sitting Tobago House of Assembly 2021 - 2025 Session

TOBAGO HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY

23 February 2023
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