Protesters lauded for legislative participation

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Public healthcare workers, Barbudans, and all concerned citizens are being praised for their “participation,” in Parliament that resulted in changes being made to a Bill that was later passed.
Last week, two contentious Bills attracted residents and stakeholders, and they crammed into the nation’s Parliament to protest the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre (Amendment) Bill of 2018 and the Crown Lands Regulation Amendment Bill.
Hendren Parker, a former independent senator, said that the involvement in the process led to a fair piece of legislation that would become a part of the future governance of the society.
“It is important that the public discusses and get involved with the Bills that are being brought to parliament, because I find that this intervention, though it may have been last minute, enriched the process,” Parker told the Big Issues yesterday.
The MSJMC Amendment Bill would have ended the ongoing period of secondment of public service nurses from Holberton Hospital and transition them to the employment of the Board of Mount St. John’s Medical Centre.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)

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