March 1, 2023
FNM Chairman Dr Duane Sands.
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DR Duane Sands condemned the Davis administration yesterday for overlooking qualified civil servants to make former Police Commissioner Ellison Greenslade permanent secretary in the Ministry of Immigration.
AN ex-health minister says “wastage”, combined with zero political appetite, means the IMF’s call for the imposition of hospital user fees on those “with greatest capacity to pay” is likely a non-starter.
THE Davis administration said it would increase pay and benefits to legal officers to attract and retain top talent and hire more prosecutors to manage the demands of the justice system –– two of many steps it hopes will help reduce crime after 2024 began with eleven murders in two weeks.
LEADERS of the Free National Movement party filed a complaint with police about Richard Johnson, the organisation’s vice-chairman, saying he falsely accused them of orchestrating the physical attack he experienced last week.
The Opposition’s chairman last night demanded “a full investigation” into the resignation of the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s executive chairman, asserting: “You’ve opened the box so let’s see what’s in it.”
FREE National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands last night called for the resignation of Water and Sewerage Corporation executive chairman Sylvanus Petty after he admitted in court that his daughter had been awarded a contract by the corporation.
FNM chairman Dr Duane Sands has accused the Davis administration of prioritising spending on campaigning in West Grand Bahama and Bimini while neglecting other national priorities.
The Opposition’s chairman has backed the Government’s pledge to introduce National Health Insurance’s (NHI) catastrophic care component as “a game changer”, but warned: “We cannot do it all.”
The Free National Movement’s (FNM) chairman yesterday said the Government’s plans to overhaul the Stem Cell Therapy and Research Act are unlikely to be “a game changer” for healthcare or the economy.
Bahamian marinas yesterday warned it was vital the country develop “a unified voice” over the imposition of VAT on yacht charter fees amid suggestions that it has resulted in several boating destinations becoming “a ghost town”.
FREE National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands said Prime Minister Philip “Brave” Davis’ message against climate change is contradicted by his travel habits.
FREE National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands accused the government of systematically terminating women civil servants, calling it an example of the Davis administration’s assault on women.
FREE National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands has called for the Davis administration to bring in a dengue vaccine - with cases having risen to 66 as of yesterday, according to The Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Free National Movement Chairman Dr Duane Sands released a statement reflecting on Hurricane Dorian on Friday, the fourth anniversary of the storm.
The Free National Movement’s (FNM) chairman says the Government has delayed the “potential gold mine” of industrial hemp to focus on legalising a medical marijuana industry that is “unlikely to be a big economic boon”.
FREE National Movement Chairman Dr Duane Sands said Attorney General Ryan Pinder refusing to reveal how much the government fined Sun Oil Limited for an oil spill in Exuma last year is “rank arrogance.”
FREE National Movement Chairman Dr Duane Sands said Elizabeth MP Jobeth Coleby Davis should publicly rebuke her supporters who “heckled” an activist that announced her attempt to become Elizabeth’s next MP.
FREE National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands said North Abaco MP Kirk Cornish has “foot and mouth disease”.
LATRAE Rahming, director of communications in the Office of Prime Minister, defended the Davis administration’s increases to the budget for the OPM’s communications unit after Free National Movement chairman Dr Duane Sands accused the administration of having misplaced priorities.
The FNM's chairman yesterday argued that Bahamians lack confidence that the Government will apply "even-handed enforcement" as it moves to unleash its 'power of sale' on long-standing real property tax duckers.
SANDS: DNA TESTING COULD SPELL TROUBLE – FNM chairman warning of ‘significant upheaval’ from paternity proposal
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands anticipates “significant upheaval” in The Bahamas if DNA tests are required to establish paternity among people wanting recognition as citizens following the Privy Council’s landmark ruling last week.
A prominent doctor has voiced fears that medical practitioners will have to pay VAT if their patients cannot afford to do so should the Government persists with the changed tax treatment of health insurance claims payouts.
The FNM’s chairman yesterday branded the proposal to change the VAT treatment of health insurance claims as “absurd, insane and inane”, warning that it will “destroy” the medical sector if implemented as originally planned.
THE Free National Movement is currently taking legal advice after a Supreme Court injunction was granted against party leader Michael Pintard and chairman Dr Duane Sands, barring them from prohibiting and interfering with Richard Johnson as he carries out his duties as FNM vice chairman.
DESPITE reports that the party’s leadership tried to block former Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis from speaking at constituency events, FNM chairman Dr Duane Sands said yesterday there is no stifling of speech taking place.
‘HEALTH CARE STRUGGLES AFTER RECENT SHOOTINGS’: FNM chairman calls for joint focus - as new hospitals announced
FORMER Health Minister Dr Duane Sands said a recent spate in shootings has affected public health services and a joint focus on crime and healthcare is needed.