The St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association has described the healthcare sector as being in a “State of Emergency”. The association says existing hospitals are in a most deplorable and unacceptable state of operation, with medical and non-medical staff understandably demotivated and morale at an all-time low. A call has been made to the government to make public safety and the welfare of healthcare providers a priority. According to the SLMDA, all the citizens of this country have, after eight years of construction and three administrations, is a St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project in the south, now in a one year pause mode, at 50% completion, with a supposed cost of $118 million and a completed but not yet accessible OKEU Hospital in the north.