Turner begins work on health plan 3 years into the job

| 22/04/2024 | 80 Comments
Cayman News Service
Health Minister Sabrina Turner (file photo)

(CNS): The Ministry of Health and Wellness will launch a one-month consultation period on 1 May to help determine a national health strategy, some three years after Sabrina Turner took up the portfolio in April 2021. The consultation will help develop an overarching guiding document for the Cayman Islands that defines the ten-year strategic directions for health and the healthcare system, a ministry release said. 

“The reality is that Cayman is long overdue for a new national health strategy,” Turner admitted in the release. The first and only time the government issued a health strategy was in 2012. (See it in the CNS Library.)

She said that a national health strategy was an agreed-upon blueprint from which policymakers, healthcare providers, advocates and patients “work together to help bring about the best health outcomes for individuals, families, communities and the nation as a whole. This strategy helps us understand what we, collectively, see as the health priorities for the country and to work towards common goals.”

According to the release, the consultation, which is being undertaken with support from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), is being conducted to ensure that the new strategy is informed by a range of key stakeholders and will include numerous opportunities for public participation. Before the launch, representatives from the ministry will engage and prepare the public for the consultation period. 

From 1 to 31 May, the ministry will solicit feedback from the community through various avenues, including talk shows, virtual and face-to-face town halls, a designated survey, social media posts, and email. Officials will also engage key stakeholders in health, including private and public sector providers, NPOs, faith-based organisations and other key advocates.

“Everyone engages with the healthcare sector in some way,” said Chief Nursing Officer Felicia McLean. “Whether for ourselves or our loved ones, access to healthcare is something that impacts all of us throughout our life span. Therefore, your voice matters to us as we work towards creating a national health strategy that truly reflects our community needs. I encourage you to take a moment to complete the survey, as your input is invaluable in ensuring inclusive healthcare for everyone. Let’s work together today to make healthcare better tomorrow.”

Email contributions are welcome on MOHFeedback@gov.ky.

The consultation survey will be available from 1 May here.


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  1. Anonymous says:

    Who?

    Never heard from her in a long time.

  2. Elvis says:

    These so called politicians are out of their depth and have no clues

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  3. Anonymous says:

    She set tho.
    Salary, pension and health FOR LIFE.
    Executive parachutes (and probably a Losing Bonus like Alden gave his minions.
    How many now collecting this?! Residents should still go to their door mouth for help, as they ALL still getting paid!
    Cayman is GONE.

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  4. Anonymous says:

    She has the mental fortitude of a turtle.

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  5. Anonymous says:

    anywhere else in the civilized world this inaction would have led to a sacking.
    in cayman….just another day in wonderland…..zzzzzzz

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    • Anonymous says:

      who is going to sack Franz?

      Civil Servants report to the Deputy Governor.

      • Anonymous says:

        Because he smiles so much no one realises how incompetent this man is. It beggars belief how afraid he is to act in a transparent manner.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Make health care free for Caymanian kids and seniors over 65. I was a public servant for twenty years and get zero health benefits. Not even CINICO. I am left to live on a $1000 pension a month. I can’t afford health insurance. The government doesn’t give crap about seniors.

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    • Anonymous says:

      That would be a fine start, but only a start.

    • Anonymous says:

      Beware what you wish for as you’ll get what you pay for.

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    • Anonymous says:

      You need to pay tax for this service. Your choice of profession and remuneration is nobodies falut besides your own. The young and working should not have to support you for you poor choices and outcome.

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      • Anonymous says:

        If they were to discontinue the annual provision of 20 million dollars for free lunches and instead offer them exclusively to students in need, while implementing school fees for parents of public school students, it could reallocate some of those funds to healthcare, as suggested.

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  7. Anonymous says:

    Disgraced sexting lawyer Keith Myers on HSA Board…

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    • Anonymous says:

      Wow, just when you think that Board couldn’t get any worse 🤦‍♂️ don’t blame him though, have you seen the kind of money those board members are pocketing every month?

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    • Anonymous says:

      And the UCCI Board of Governors.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Election season is here. Along with the NRA suddenly appearing out of nowhere to finish (sorry, I say finish but I mean give the appearance of nearly finished and then left for another 3 years after the election) all their outstanding white elephants and the health minister turning up to work finally.

    It can’t be long until they are knocking on my door with their Christmas cards, hams and turkeys.

    vote buying season is coming up.

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  9. Anonymous says:

    Abortion Abortion Abortion
    Get in there or at least get it on a referendum for the upcoming election.

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    • Anonymous says:

      Ever noticed how all the proponents of abortion are as a result of their mothers deciding not to abort?

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      • Anonymous says:

        What data do you have yo generalise? There however is data that all health care professionals support abortion.

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  10. St. Urchin College of Words says:

    Auntie Minister, here is a plan you and your entire UPM muppets need to work on- start gathering your belongings and packing your bags as your time is drawing nigh. Use all those snazzy Tahoes that are filled with CIG gas and make haste with your exit. With the SOLE exception of Andre, you Auntie Minister and this government have been an utter disgrace and a diabolical failure to this country.

    For Kenneth, Jay, Bernie, Isaac, JonJon- the word diabolical means “disgracefully bad or unpleasant” as per the Oxford Dictionary. While we at it, a dictionary is a book that defines many words, most which we can be assured you have no inclination as to what they mean or in what context they are used. Maybe take some of your earning and invest in some classes at UCCI.

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  11. Omega Bay Resident says:

    You are FIRED Sabrina Turner! along with your ministry stooges Prospect this about them not us poor voters in Prospect! Show her the door peeps let her hang up round dem nincom poops at DCR and sorts. What a real joke you are!

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    • Anonymous says:

      Prospect is a disaster and she doesn’t do anything to advocate for people who have to live next to junk yards and slum lord properties. Same with Alden, they are only worried about their pockets and not making their districts better. Sabrina, we know it’s close to elections but don’t fool us into thinking you will do anything but just try to keep your pay cheque.

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      • Cheese Face says:

        Prospect = The commercial drug…. I mean fishing capital of Cayman. GET THE COMMERCIAL FISHING (drug) BOATS OFF RESIDENTAIL PROPERTIES! Any candidate who wants my vote will need to make this a priority.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Wheres our governor?

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  13. Anonymous says:

    Health Plan? What exactly she is going to work on?

    Definitions of Health by the World Health Organization: “health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being”.

    🏃🏼‍♀️🧘‍♀️🏋️Healthcare: efforts made to maintain, restore, or promote someone’s physical, mental, or emotional well-being

    💵📝 Health Insurance (policy): is an assurance which provides immediate financial help in case when any medical emergency arises.

    💊💉🩸🩹👩‍⚕️Sickcare meaning: focuses on treating a person only after they’ve become sick or injured

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    • Anonymous says:

      You can tell that elections will soon be upon us as all the idle politicians are springing to life now with all sorts of pearls of wisdom. What next oh great one Jon-Jon?

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  14. Anonymous says:

    3 years later……….

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  15. Anonymous says:

    The healthiest thing for Cayman would be to change the Elections Law to ban rank amateurs and convicted criminals from handling public money, developing policy, and legislating the rules of the land. Even healthier to remove the meaningless grandparent criteria.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    if only she focused on working rather than reading every single line as in she is a tv anchor

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  17. Say it like it is says:

    After 50 + years in Cayman one thing I have learnt, when it comes to politicians, you cannot fool a Caymanian.

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    • Anonymous says:

      If Caymanians cannot be fooled when it comes to politicians, how do you explain the long line of calamitous individuals that Caymanians have voted into power time and time again over the years?

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    • Anonymous says:

      If you can’t spot the sucker at the poker table, it’s you.

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  18. Anonymous says:

    The timing on this is good, if, it gets handed over to the next administration to implement as should occur. The challenge will be the next Health Minister not feeling the need to review & revise the Plan over the course of their first 3 years in office.

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  19. Anonymous says:

    This entire initiative is only being launched now so that she can point at something in advance of the upcoming elections.

    Do nothing for 3 years and then try to rush something through just before the voting gets underway.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    caymanians elect these people so you have no-one else to blame but yourselves.
    and to make things worse, you also prevent the most qualified and successful people on island from being elected…
    welcome to wonderland.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And who would the most qualified and successful people be Shilling, Dart, or the other guy that owns a huge house somewhere in West Bay??????

      No thanks. They are only here for what they can get and when Cayman goes in a hole then they will flee just like you.

      We have very qualified and successful Caymanians who can run for office and be elected to run the Government. The only thing they should be concerned about is the people not money, corruption, or who can buy who out.

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      • Forte Banks says:

        VERY well stated.

        We don’t get better elected officials because the most qualified CAYMANIANS are making more money than what they’d get paid as an MP.
        They Understand how much ENERGY it would take to get ANYTHING Meaningful Done with the sick system we have in Cayman.

        By System, I’m speaking of the crazy allegiances to a political “party”, personal relationships and loyalties to politicians or other influential persons and the never-ending self-serving interest in preserving their own job security / status at any cost.

        Cayman is simply operating too “personally” to promote fairness without bias.
        And our biases or misbehavior – some call Corruption, goes UNPUNISHED, UNCHECKED, and eventually, FORGOTTEN. Like it doesn’t matter.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And yet, so many come here from other countries where they get everything right…apparently.

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    • Anonymous says:

      And to whom do you refer as “most qualified and successful”? Surely you don’t mean non-Caymanians! Because there is no place in the great vastness of space that will be as cold as the day in hell, when that will be remotely considered.

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    • Anonymous says:

      I didn’t vote for any of these buffoons – not my government.

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  21. Anonymous says:

    “Gotta get something done before next elections…”

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  22. Anonymous says:

    shambolic as usual by our mla’s…
    she is only doing this now to say because election is year away and needs to say she did something.
    it will just just be another report/survey to put shelved away and gather dust.
    any comment mrs governor?

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  23. Prospect please vote No to this pretender! says:

    Total waste time only concern with photos ops with those she can hide behind When called upon to do something for her constituents. A complete tool for the civil service who can do no wrong in her eyes because she needs their Wotes ! Time to remove Her from Office Cayman another accumulator of Tremendous wealth whilst in office.

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  24. Anonymous says:

    every successful firm is ran by people competent in their respective fields and usually have a lifetime of experience. only in politics can someone with no experience suddenly lead a whole ministry. political parties need to highlight who they plan to put in each ministry and allow voters to choice base on their qualifications for that ministry.

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  25. WBW Czar. says:

    I am with Sabrina on this one.

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  26. Anonymous says:

    The reality is that Cayman is long overdue for a competent health minister.

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  27. Anonymous says:

    Best intentions I’m sure, Minister.
    But the civil servants will not implement it in your term, but simply toss and add it to the many paper Faberge Nest Eggs of reports and recommendations still sitting in the Glass House basement.

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  28. Anonymous says:

    eat less, exercise more.

    Its not hard. Take responsibility for yourself. Moderation in everything – beef patties; Wendy’s; brandy; weed; “diet” coke; frozen “yogurt”; pizza; netflix; social media.

    Moderation. dont have to cancel any of it, just do all of them less. And mix in a good walk daily if possible. And lift heavy things. Even just carry your child around the garden for 5 minutes every day. You dont need to join a gym.

    Eat less. Exercise more. And spend time talking to people and family rather than texting them. Its good for the mind and soul

    Also, price controls on all health care. Socialist yes. But necessary – or do you enjoy seeing your doctors and dentists mansions? Health insurance premiums are unjustifiably high. Premium is a pun at this stage. Premium they are.

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  29. Anonymous says:

    Perhaps she should fix the damn dump instead.

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  30. Anonymous says:

    Her time is up.

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  31. Anonymous says:

    It is mind boggling that people equate Health Plan with Medical Insurance availability. Just how ignorant one must be?
    Once your Health is gone you need a Sickness Management Plan.

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  32. Anonymous says:

    A Health Plan starts with prevention. Prevention starts with clean environment. Clean environment in Cayman is gone for good. Grand cayman environment is extremely toxic.

    Noise and light pollution, herbicides, fungicides, insecticides and other “cides” accumulation, microplastics are in the air and water, radioactive and chemicals pollution from unregulated medical facilities, pollution and stress from traffic, pollution from The Dump fires, pollution from the trash and medical waste burning incinerators….The less known but widespread hormone-disrupting bisphenols toxicity from cash receipts. Man made EMF pollution which is not regulated, even in child care facilities and schools. Should I continue or this is enough?

    So whatever they are going to discuss about Health will make no difference whatsoever UNTIL all the listed above sources of poisoning of the Cayman Environment are eliminated.
    Otherwise it will be a stillborn Plan just like the National Youth Policy created by Tara Rivers

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  33. Anonymous says:

    Sabrina is just like kenneth, a true narcissist and ego maniac. She is just making announcements that cannot be achieved in a year because she needs to appear to be doing something. She is just trying to get re-elected folks, do not be fooled.

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  34. Anonymous says:

    Wait!
    Shes a minister?

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  35. Anonymous says:

    Does the $500,000 consulting contract for a report outlining a plan for a plan for a proposal for a plan for a national health plan come next?

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  36. Anonymous says:

    Minister Turner,

    Thank you for bringing this strategy.

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  37. Anonymous says:

    p.s. Miss Sabrina, you look FABulous!! Now, please go out there are work the CINICO insurance into a national treasure. Bless.

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  38. Anonymous says:

    well, good. I am glad MP Turner is on the job. PAHO will surely suck some very necessary dollars away from our administration.

    Miss Sabrina, please cause CINICO to offer the same standard to all Caymanians as they do for CIG employees. Oh sure, I know we’ll have to pay for it; we just want the same benefits. Is that so much to ask? If it is, we have nothing to talk about, because you have sold us out.

    PAHO. Give me a break. It’s like trying to lean on the WHO for help. We need insurance relief, not more protocols for health. Do you get that loud and clear? Some of us are paying horrific amounts monthly for health care, and we are just on the cusp of financial failure because of it. You want to make a difference, do it here. Anything else is just political fluffery.

    I believe in you Miss Sabrina. I know you’ve have a rough time. Please, PLEASE, rise to the occasion. This is your time. If you make this thing happen, imagine your future.

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