Please accept my offering on the Transformed Life Ministry issue. Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Cherrie-Ann Crichlow-Cockburn, told reporters the Government had severed ties with the institution in 2015 after concerns over the conditions there were raised.
She said reports were made to the Division of Ageing, and investigations were done. Severing ties, in my mind, is a very good strong-arm method of pushing the home to become compliant. It did not end there. Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said a team from the ministry—including the County Medical Officer of Health, the Division of Ageing (this division falls under Minister Crichlow Cockburn) and three officers from the Arouca Police Station—went to that home on June 21, 2019, but when they arrived, the medical officer determined what was happening there was more psychiatric in nature.