UNC leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar delivers her address during the party’s Virtual Report, last night.

Gail Alexander

Deadline’s up. Where’s the report of the team which was set up to investigate the factors contributing to clinical outcomes of COVID-19 patients?

Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar called out the Government on that issue when she spoke at last night’s UNC Forum.

She was referring to the five-member team of experts that Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley announced on January 15 to examine the COVID treatment issue.

He gave them one week to report back. The team’s six points of reference included determining if the treatment and management protocols adopted by the Hospitals are consistent with WHO guidelines and international best practices.

But Persad- Bissessar pointed out that the week had ended, yet no report is in sight.

Persad-Bissessar slammed Government for moving to fire two out of every three people in CEPEP, “In a programme with 10,000 that’s 6,000 people going home and that’s in addition to all who already on the breadlines and if they begin this quasi safe zone plan, how many more will lose jobs?! Wake up T&T….!”

Persad- Bissessar put Rowley on notice that the Opposition will offer free services of a legal team to people whose rights are being abused by the state. Persad-Bissessar said “they” had no problems tear-gassing people and “harassing them” yet it was said there were no regulations to charge the Prime Minister after he admitted to breaching regulations by drinking a beer in the open recently.

She noted calls for workers to reveal their private medical information (for vaccination purposes) and possible furloughing of the unvaccinated. She said UNC’s legal committee will protect people when they’re being threatened, harassed and abused by Government through the police.

“It will provide legal rights if your rights are being trampled on by the state in public law matters, we will stand with you and fight for you. Come to the MPs and councillors’ offices and give your facts and we’ll see how best to help you.”

Persad-Bissessar said Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi was shameless since he should have recused himself from yesterday’s Parliament sitting where funding for the Personnel Department was discussed and he’d declared an interest.

UNC senator Jayanti Lutchmedial called for the acting Police Commissioner to say if the police would probe if Al-Rawi interfered in the Adrian Scoon/Ocean Pelican issue. She accused Government of weaponising the pandemic with health regulations and having one law for themselves and another for the public.

“A litigant challenged the ban on open pyre cremations, the state resisted it at every turn. Then suddenly, when heat in the form of the Ocean Pelican fiasco landed on them like a ton of bricks, Al-Rawi start having consultations and hugging up and taking pictures, praising himself for resolving this matter.”