Despite crossing the floor to become an opposition member of the House of Assembly, former Health and Social Development Minister Carvin Malone said he would always be available to lend a helping hand to the department and offer advice when needed.
The At-Large Territorial Representative noted that the Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital needed to undergo a proper review and prior to the establishment of the National Unity Government and Cabinet reshuffle, his team ensured that operations – at both in terms of personnel and efficiency – where it needs to be.
“We have been accredited and we do not want to lose this accreditation. So any advice I can give to help keep it will be offered. I promised the permanent secretary that if she needed to call on me for any particular purpose, I would be there. The position was not mine. The BVI that I would like to call mine. Any post that I follow and can help, I will. I will continue my involvement to make BVI the best it can be,” Malone said.
The opposition lawmaker told local media members that he is unlike any other lawmaker people have come across because his goal is the betterment of the Virgin Islands. He said it is on this basis that he also offers his services to the current Minister of Health and Social Development, Marlon Penn.
“When I entered the ministry I told all the staff that I had been given a 48 month directive to help run the Ministry of Health and Social Development. I told them that the path to get back here is long. I have to run, I have to win, I have to be selected, I have to be elected and so on. So I’ve never put a permanent foothold in ministry,” Malone said.
“Everything there is open, and it can be questioned but it needs to be explained. It’s essential that we continue to help each other, whether it’s from the backseat or the opposition, because I’m a person who gets my hands dirty – to make sure that I get in there and do work,” said the At-Large Territorial Representative.
The former health and social development minister said he made sure his successor was briefed before taking the job.
“One of the beauties of the Westminster system is that there are people to make sure all the work gets done. So he was properly briefed regarding me and their permanent members. The former permanent secretary is now back and he was briefed by the acting permanent secretary as well,” Malone noted.
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