President to swear in new 10-member ERC today

first_imgSome seven years after the Ethnic Relations Commission (ERC) expired, President David Granger will be swearing in the 10 new members of the body today.The ceremony will be held at the State House.President David GrangerThis comes over a month after the National Assembly approved the appointment of the nominees from 10 stakeholder entities as members of the Commission.The new members to be appointed are: Pastor John Smith from the Christian community; Rajkumarie Singh from the Hindu community; Roshan Khan from the Muslim community; Norris Witter from the labour movement; Norman McLean, the Private Sector representative; Deodat Persaud for youth organisations; Ruth Howard for women’s organisations; Ashton Simon for Amerindian groups; Barrington Braithwaite for African groups and Neaz Suban for Indian groups.The Opposition had raised concerns with the length of time it took for persons to be appointed to the Commission.However, when the Third Report of the Standing Committee on Appointments was presented to the National Assembly for adoption and approval on January 19, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton, told the National Assembly that while an earlier time would have been appropriate for such an important body, there were several hindrances to the process.He disclosed that the Committee held nine meetings, but difficulties were encountered with one of the bodies selecting a nominee. The Minister added too that while there could have been more consultations with citizens, persons were not as responsive even when the deadlines were extended.The ERC plays an integral role as a constitutional entity which serves to protect and preserve the interests of all stakeholders as far as creating an atmosphere of tolerance and harmony among the different races and ethnic groups in Guyana’s diverse society.The Commission initially comprised representatives from seven different constituencies, but in 2015 it was increased to 10.The ERC is a constitutional body established under the Herdmanston Accord. It works with persons and agencies to promote harmonious ethnic relations. The Commission also deals with complaints, promotes training in racial harmony, and fosters a sense of security, among all ethnic groups.The Commission had been virtually dysfunctional since 2011 when then Opposition Leader Robert Corbin had secured an injunction against the body, barring the Chairman and two Commissioners from taking any decision, recommendation or issuing any direction on behalf of the constitutional body.last_img read more

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Over 16,500 on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgThe number of people on waiting lists for appointments at Letterkenny University Hospital at the end of July stands at 16,563. Figures from the National Treatment Purchase Fund show that over 1,200 people have been waiting more than one year for outpatient and inpatient appointments at LUH.A total of 13985 people are currently on the waiting lists for Outpatient Treatments at LUH, as of 27th July 2017 when the numbers were compiled. In the same time period, there were 2578 people waiting on inpatient treatments of various specialities in Letterkenny.Nationally, the number of people on public hospital waiting lists increased by some 9,000 in July 2017.  More than 579,891 people are currently awaiting treatment across Ireland, according to the survey.There are 1257 people waiting for a first appointment at the consultant-led Outpatient clinic for Cardiology at LUH, while 57 of those have been waiting between 12 and 15 months.Over 200 have been waiting more than 18 months for outpatient appointments at the Orthopaedics  and Urology departments, with 364 waiting over a year and a half for General Medicine consultations. Across the Saolta University Health Care Group of Hospitals in Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo there are more than 21900 waiting on inpatient appointments and 78561 waiting on Outpatient appointments in July.  Over 16,500 on waiting lists at Letterkenny University Hospital was last modified: August 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Letterkenny University Hospitalwaiting listslast_img read more

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