"This is ridiculous."
That was the reaction of Health Minister Dr Fuad Khan, when asked yesterday about the delayed opening of all sections of the Tobago Regional Hospital.
Khan said he had expected the facility to be fully-functional by now and hinted at sabotage.
He said he believed Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Health Secretary Claudia Groome-Duke had the best of intentions at heart but was being thwarted.
The last word on the matter had been that more services would have come onstream in September and Khan said he was surprised that this is yet to happen.
"I thought it would have been opened already. The whole hospital is supposed to have been opened by now," said Khan, who disclosed he was in Tobago at the time of speaking and would likely make a "spot check" at the facility.
"I tried to get it open long before this. I spoke to the Health Secretary in August and we were sure we would have been able to commission it by the end of September. I believe that her intentions are good but that she is being blocked. Someone is blocking the project."
The THA said last week an announcement can be expected this week on when the next phases of the hospital will be opened.