Just fewer than two months after being appointed Minister of Health, Marlon Penn is moving to use his new portfolio to have Peebles Hospital renamed in honour of Premier Dr D Orlando Smith.
According to an amended order paper of the Sixth Sitting of the Fourth Session of the Third House of Assembly which starts on Tuesday, Cabinet has already accepted Penn’s recommendation.
The Health Minister will now be seeking approval from members of House via a motion.
The motion states that an unspecified hospital renaming committee selected Dr Smith in “recognition of his pioneering efforts to improve healthcare for the residents of the Virgin Islands”.
“Dr the honourable D Orlando Smith, OBE, together with his colleagues, found ingenious ways to deliver healthcare services to the people of the Territory despite the resource limitations,” Penn wrote in the motion that is yet to be introduced to the House.
Penn’s motion further notes that Dr Smith — who served in capacities such as Chief Medical Officer and Registrar of Surgery at the medical facility — received his Order of the British Empire from Her Majesty the Queen because of his years of ‘outstanding and dedicated service’ to the BVI and because he is well-respected within the local healthcare sector.
The motion concludes: “Be it resolved that the House of Assembly of the Virgin Islands approves the re-naming of ‘Peebles Hospital’ to ‘Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital’ and that ‘Peebles Hospital’ be henceforth known as ‘Dr D Orlando Smith Hospital’.
This upcoming sitting could be the National Democratic Party government’s last opportunity to push their hospital-renaming agenda before the general elections where the NDP stands a one-in-five (or 20 percent) chance being voted in for a third consecutive term.
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