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Suicide report for PM hands

Published: 
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The police report on the death of the 14-year-old boy who committed suicide at a Children’s Authority “safe house” will be sent to Prime Minister Keith Rowley shortly, says Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister Stuart Young.

Young made in the comment in the Senate while replying to Opposition queries on the boy’s death.

The 14 year old committed suicide by hanging on June 14 while in the care of a Children’s Authority “safe house” at Valsayn.

Young said Government was deeply saddened by the boy’s death. He said the police service is doing an official probe of the matter.

The Children’s Authority is also investigating the matter to see if “any of their protocols have been compromised.” Both reports will be sent to the PM and the Minister in the PM’s office, he said.

Young could not say if other children at the facility had received counselling following the boy’s death.

Opposition Senator Gerald Ramdeen raised the issue of boy’s death as matter of urgent national importance for Senate debate. He said the Children’s Authority had failed to handle its function and protect children under its care.

However Senate president Christine Kangaloo said she wasn’t satisfied the matter qualified for debate.

On other Opposition queries - on the affected CT scanner at the San Fernando General Hospital - Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said the scanner was obtained in May 2010.

But he said it was left in its original packaging - collecting condensate, becoming defective and losing its warranty - until it was installed in 2012 by the previous Southern Regional Health Authority. (SWRHA).

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