CCJ Vote Down Lessons | Dr Patrick Martin MD

What lessons reside in the CCJ referendum failures in Antigua/Barbuda and Grenada? A resounding win in an election does not automatically translate to referendum success of one’s position. The Office of the Prime Minister is not invincible, notwithstanding its far-reaching powers. Caribbean people understand the value of checks and balances on the exercise of political power. Read More

“Attacking Crime, Violence and Homicide: Unity is Strength” by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

Attacking Crime, Violence and Homicide:  Unity is Strength Patrick Martin August 31, 2018 The profound wisdom of our culture says, “One hand can’t clap”. Unity, a coalition of political will, is critical to restoring societal peace. Ours is a nation burdened with post-traumatic ailments. Knowing what we are personally experiencing, the citizenry continues to plead… Read More

“Mary Charles Hospital: A History of Good Health Stewardship” by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

Mary Charles Hospital: A History of Good Health Stewardship Patrick Martin, MD August 2, 2018 Journeying long distances from rural areas to health facilities can be problematic especially in acute medical circumstances, and at night. Thus, placing 24/7 primary care facilities close to where people live reflects sound health policy execution. Such is the legacy… Read More

“Not Us!” by Dr Patrick Martin MD

Not Us! Patrick Martin, MD July 13, 2018  A picture is worth a thousand words. The unprofessional and inhuman display of first responder “care” recently captured on video is not us! Criticism and correction are deserved. But, the baby must not be thrown out with the bathwater. Medical errors occur in St. Kitts and Nevis… Read More

Music Festival: Not For Children! by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

Music Festival: Not For Children! Patrick Martin, MD June 28th 2018 It is high time the hazardous practice of exposing the Federation’s youngest to adult entertainment be interdicted. Kudos to the Music Festival Committee for daring to be different and issuing sage advice to parents to keep their children out of the party. The perils… Read More

“The Common Good: A Cabinet Responsibility” by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

The Common Good:  A Cabinet Responsibility Patrick Martin, MD Student & Resident Citizen May 28, 2018 Government is instituted for the common good:  for the protection, safety, prosperity and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family or class of men. (John Adams, USA Founding Father) … Read More

“A Human-Oriented Drug Policy” by Dr Patrick Martin

A Human-Oriented Drug Policy Patrick Martin Student & Resident Citizen May 8, 2018 All humans are entitled to a life free from stigma, discrimination, intimidation, fear and victimization. Why then, in this enlightened era of human rights, justice and good governance, is cannabis use the target of high-level ridicule?  There was a time when similar… Read More

“Shared Future Within The OECS: Be Not Distracted” by Dr. Patrick Martin, MD

Shared Future Within The OECS: Be Not Distracted Patrick Martin, MD February 1, 2018 Hats off to Sir Kennedy Simmonds and his visionary colleague leaders who signed the 1981 Treaty of Basseterre which set forth the OECS. Their foresight now translates to a stable EC currency, an independent judiciary, a single civil aviation authority, pooled… Read More

“Equal But Separate!” Commentary by Dr Patrick Martin MD

Equal But Separate! Commentary by Patrick Martin January 11, 2018 Is the Minister, master or servant? Is the civil servant’s employment one of serfdom? These and other questions arise out of the NIA’s “All Rise” ruling. Seemingly, the mischief being corrected is endemic lack of courtesy in the Civil Service. Honour and respect are due… Read More

“Diabetes Control:  A Matter of Political Will” by Dr Patrick Martin, MD

Diabetes Control:  A Matter of Political Will Patrick Martin, MD Student and Citizen November 2017 Imagine a small island nation where 20% of children are big. Big, as in upwards of 50 pounds of fat hanging from the midsection and extremities of young and delicate skeletal frames. In the Federation, there are primary school children… Read More