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Peebles Hospital to be renamed in honour of Premier Smith

NDP Gov't will move motion on January 15, 2019 in the HoA
The NDP Government has taken the decision to cement Dr Smith’s name in history by renaming the Peebles Hospital to ‘The Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital’ and will move a motion at the Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in the VI House of Assembly (HoA). Photo: Facebook
Peebles Hospital to be renamed in honour of Premier Smith. Photo: GIS
Peebles Hospital to be renamed in honour of Premier Smith. Photo: GIS
The motion will be brought by Health and Social Development Minister, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8). Photo: Facebook
The motion will be brought by Health and Social Development Minister, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8). Photo: Facebook
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Most historians and residents of the Virgin Islands (VI) will remember Premier, Dr the Hon D. Orlando Smith’s (AL) political legacy as one of corruption allegations and the split of the National Democratic Party (NDP)—a party he co-founded—into two.

Further, the Dr Smith led rule will be remembered for financial mismanagement, no accountability, no transparency, having a Governor invoke direct rule on the Territory’s finances for the first time, contributing to a divided country and allowing the VI Financial services sector to be blacklisted.

However, with regards to Dr Smith’s medical career, he is regarded as one of the absolute best in the region. He is everybody’s Medical Doctor and has excelled in the arena so much, it has outshined his work in the political sphere.  

Exemplar Medical Career

To this end, the NDP Government has taken the decision to cement Dr Smith’s name in history by renaming the Peebles Hospital to ‘The Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital’ and will move a motion at the Tuesday, January 15, 2019, in the VI House of Assembly (HoA).

The motion will be brought by Health and Social Development Minister, Hon Marlon A. Penn (R8).

See below the full motion: 

The Minister for Health and Social Development to move the following motion:

WHEREAS the Ministry of Health and Social Development operates an initiative to dedicate the name of public health facilities to the honour of community stalwarts who have contributed significantly to the BVI health sector.

WHEREAS a Committee established to identify, consider and make recommendations for the re-naming of “Peebles Hospital” recommended that “Peebles Hospital” be re-named in honour of DR. THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE, in recognition of his pioneering efforts to improve healthcare for the residents of the Virgin Islands.

WHEREAS DR. THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE has served in several capacities at “Peebles Hospital” over many years, including the following:  Medical Officer (1970-1971), Senior Registrar of Surgery (1975-1976), Surgeon (1995-1999), and Chief Medical Officer (1979-1995).

WHEREAS DR. THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE, together with his colleagues, found ingenious ways to deliver healthcare services to the people of the Territory despite the resource limitations.

WHEREAS DR. THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE a) continues to serve as a physician in a private practice mainly through “Pic Smith Medical Services” which was established in 1992, b) was  named in the Queen's New Year's Honours List and was awarded an Order of British Empire (OBE) for his years of outstanding and dedicated service to the BVI community, and c) is known and well respected within the healthcare field and the entire Virgin Islands, and currently serves as Premier of the Virgin Islands.

 AND WHEREAS Cabinet, in accepting the recommendation of the said Committee, decided that a) “Peebles Hospital” be re-named “Dr D. Orlando Smith Hospital” in recognition the pioneering efforts of DR. THE HONOURABLE D. ORLANDO SMITH, OBE to improve healthcare for the residents of the Virgin Islands and that b) a Draft Resolution concerning the said re-naming of “Peebles Hospital” be introduced by way of a motion for approval by Members of the House of Assembly.

48 Responses to “Peebles Hospital to be renamed in honour of Premier Smith”

  • Slow it down (11/01/2019, 20:18) Like (64) Dislike (6) Reply
    Let the people vote on this change while at the polls one time...rename something that’s already named for a reason..nice
    • No (12/01/2019, 11:23) Like (41) Dislike (2) Reply
      Leave it as Peebles Hospital. Major Peebles made a selfless contribution to the BVI in a time of need and it should be remembered. Find Something else to name after Doc. Will all the development NDP has claimed to be responsible for there MUST be something else.
      • SMH (12/01/2019, 12:29) Like (22) Dislike (5) Reply
        Exactly! Why the NDP rushing to change the name of the hospital after it is honorably named? Why don't they just named the Surgical or Medical Ward in Dr. Smith's honor. This Government is rushing and pushing all sought of Legislation before the dissolution of Council to make their , "We did this list" look applauding to voters. Instead of all this shinanigans, they need to attend to the needs of the Territory. Come on! We are tired and weary! Our people are suffering! The Rich getting greedier and the Poor man can't take anymore. Our Forefathers and Ancestors are turning in their final resting places, based on the condition of the Territory.
        Legislators and their corrupt and biases ways have brought us to shame. It seems like "Master has been resurrected" May God have Mercy on Us!
    • Hari (13/01/2019, 08:04) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
      What about Harold Shipman Memorial Hospital?
  • Adios (11/01/2019, 20:23) Like (58) Dislike (11) Reply
    Not really into politics but as far as I know, this man and his party is responsible for recklessly spending the tax payers money. Denied
    • please (11/01/2019, 20:39) Like (3) Dislike (32) Reply
      Why don't you shut your dam mouth, do you know what Dr Smith has contributed to this country. Please go take a seat and leave NDP business alone. Ralphie did not could not find anything to name after him in virgin Gorda or any where.
    • Akios (11/01/2019, 21:05) Like (18) Dislike (7) Reply
      Ok. Originally born in the UK I’ve lived here in the BVi since 2005 and I can honestly say I sit and don’t judge despite some crazy shit! Number 1 is WTF is it about these artistic cats and a hopeful for a government role? Does the BVI want to be recognized for being involved I Black magic? I picked up a hitch hiker the other day who frocking told me it was some fictional character that created hurricane Irma! Jeez! The Bvi is supposed to be an international center of financial services and its really just full of people scared of cats and running drugs. Wake up people
    • @Adios (12/01/2019, 02:03) Like (9) Dislike (18) Reply
      So Dr Smith has not done anything good for this. Country? Like some of you all got alzimers. The man is deserving of this honor. Our first local doctor and more so built the hospital. Why soo much hate?
      • @ @Adios (13/01/2019, 18:03) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        When he can give us back Beef Island, the airplane investment $$, etc. Then maybe he can have such an honor.
  • what (11/01/2019, 20:58) Like (33) Dislike (1) Reply
    That is unacceptable. When someone is honored by naming something after them it is an insult to the family to change the name.
  • Honestly (11/01/2019, 21:18) Like (12) Dislike (11) Reply
    Please, please can we put politics aside for a moment and agree to do the right thing. As BV Islanders we should be proud of the excellent work that Dr. Smith has being doing over the years in the medical field. Few may choose to differ in opinion but I believe that he is very worthy of the recognition. The calling down of each other in this territory seems to be growing sickness that we should try to avoid.
    • @Honestly (12/01/2019, 09:21) Like (7) Dislike (10) Reply
      I agree with you whole heartedly. As the sole medical professional for many years in the BVI he is more than worthy of this honor.
  • committee member (11/01/2019, 21:21) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a lie. Don’t know of any such decision or report.
  • hah (11/01/2019, 21:22) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    The Premier shouldn't be able to vote for renaming the hospital to himself. That would be a tasteless and dishonorable move. He should abstain and allow his peers to make the decision.
  • Happy (11/01/2019, 21:30) Like (5) Dislike (21) Reply
    Kudos to Hon. Smith Well deserving. Now what are you waiting on to pay same respect to one of the most distinguished Politicians in V.I. history, The Hn. Ralph T. O'Neal? After his death? When will all so called V.I. Leaders show true Leadership qualities especially for the sake of our younger generations?
  • Hmm (11/01/2019, 22:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    For what if any renaming is ROAD TOWN GENERAL HOSPITAL
  • Love for My Country (12/01/2019, 00:02) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    The motion says a Committee has been established to deal with the naming of the Hospital after Dr. Smith. Was this Committee established? Did it do any public consultation? These should be the criterial first before rushing to the House of Assembly.
  • No Sah! (12/01/2019, 00:20) Like (10) Dislike (10) Reply
    He's not qualified to be honoured in his name.
  • Joshua (12/01/2019, 00:35) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is pure madness! Absurd!!! I would not do that. Crazy!!! Just give him a Medal of Honor for worst premier. Since when you get pat on the back to shitt. NDP gone for sure.
  • ??? (12/01/2019, 01:34) Like (6) Dislike (31) Reply
    Vino, did Dr. Smith do anything right as a politician?
    What about fair and balanced reporting?
    Where are his achievements?
    Yes, he made mistakes, but so did other Chief Ministers & Premiers.
    In time, he will be remembered as a great leader.
  • wise up (12/01/2019, 02:33) Like (15) Dislike (4) Reply
    What has this man done for Peebles Hospital? Under his watch the hospital went to its lowest. NDP think they have all the power to take names off buildings and put their politicians names. Not so fast. What say do the people of this country have? Stop messing with our culture. That is the reason why our politics should be and must be run by indigenous Virginislanders.
  • John (12/01/2019, 04:40) Like (10) Dislike (5) Reply
    When are we going to honorable former Premier R. T. O’Neal? This should have been done lond time ago.
  • Xxx (12/01/2019, 06:05) Like (23) Dislike (3) Reply
    We need our 7.2m
  • ? (12/01/2019, 06:42) Like (24) Dislike (4) Reply
    These places are named for a reason, in this particular case because of the man who created official medical care in the Virgin Island and by renaming it you erase that history. While you’re at it, why not rename Virgin Gorda Ralph O’Neal and Tortola Hamilton Lavity Island. Move slime this just go to show the world how massively culturally insecure the people of the BVI truly are.
  • cnn (12/01/2019, 07:32) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Vino you are right I am shame of Dr Smith political legacy he killed the bvi with the 2 croupt m n m men
  • Not2Sure (12/01/2019, 07:42) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is so wrong just because he has the power to do it
  • Feel n Sad (12/01/2019, 08:30) Like (17) Dislike (1) Reply
    This has to be MW idea . MW pushing this using Marlon . Smith is not the kind of man who cares about those kind of popularity. I disagree . If any chance should happen it should be the Spelling from Peebles to People's Hospital because its a tax payers project . Not an individual dont matter who it is..
  • I'm Not for it. It has a Name (12/01/2019, 08:43) Like (14) Dislike (6) Reply
    While these A$$ are at it rename the Pier Park to Hom Mark Vanterpool NDP MUST GO
  • Cryin’ Shame (12/01/2019, 08:50) Like (21) Dislike (1) Reply
    Insult added to injury. You have got to be kidding me!!!!!! Name a ward after him, NOT the whole damn hospital. These people are sick!!!!! Under his leadership this country had been brought to its knees, and even that we don’t have because we crawling on our damn stomachs right now.
  • Political Observer (PO) (12/01/2019, 08:54) Like (8) Dislike (6) Reply
    Undoubtedly, Dr. Hon Premier Daniel Orlando Smith (AL) is well-deserving of having the Peebles Hospital, main hospital in BVI, renamed after him based on his stellar medical services contribution to the territory. Naming or renaming a building is a serious undertaking that should be addressed with deliberate action. This action seemed rushed and is politicizing a well-deserved honor. The Premier is deserving of the honor based on merit, ie, his medical contribution. Though he may not have anything to do with the proposal ( then again he is the Premier and should know), he leads the NDP government that is at the end of its tenure so this can be perceived as self serving. This is puttting the Premier in an awkward position, for he will have to recuse himself on the vote on the floor. With Doc having to recuse himself and D-5 vacant, the vote on the floor should be interesting. Would be surprised if it comes to the floor and there are any no votes. The Premier would be atop any list to rename Peebles. Nonetheless, wish this process was undertaken by a follow on government or better yet a bipartisan select committee should be established to rename Peebles and other facilities. The timing of ghis current action can be perceived as politcising a well-deserved honor; it can throw some shade on this deserving honour, recognition. If I were the Premier, I would defer this action to another day.
  • The Doctor Dr Smith (12/01/2019, 09:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    A good Doctor a great man . If he remained a Doctor and retired as a Doctor the change is merited and would be well deserved . As a Politician I don't like it. I never like the idea that politicians with power think they can do what they want no matter what the people think. They are Just using Marlon . I use to like Myron a lot but over these past years he reminds me so much of Frazer ....
    • @ The Doctor Dr Smith (12/01/2019, 15:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      What do you know about Frazer (Fraser)? There is no comparison so do not class this good man who has the well being of this territory with Myron. You all just talk and take what people say, but what do any of you really know about the District Rep for the 3rd? ssttuuupppeees.
  • King Ping (12/01/2019, 09:18) Like (3) Dislike (12) Reply
    If y’all only know what this man did for the medical field y’all would shut up! Is 2019 give jack his jack and carry the hell on! This man was the ambulance driver when their wasn’t no ambulance driver this man deserve this and I’m all for it.. some people only blog to blog and never want to look at the facts and truth
  • Me (12/01/2019, 09:37) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Public opinion should be sought. Wasn't it recently sought when a proposal was being made to rename the Capoon's Bay Clinic? Why the rush now? Hurry dog eat dutty pudding.
  • Think again (12/01/2019, 11:37) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    @ PO: Most of the time you make astute observations but I believe here you are off the mark. What exactly makes him worthy or stellar? Orlando Smith is not known for his medical prowess, meaning that seldom do we read about how he may have excelled as a physician, or how he may have saved somebody's life. Whether he likes it or not, he will forever be associated with his so-called leadership of the NDP party. Regardless of whether the Territory's problems began with previous administrations, he is still captain of the presently sinking ship. I do not recall ever reading or hearing about his vision for the Territory, or for that matter him speaking out about appalling financial management of the Territory's finances. It's hard to imagine why he'd even want to have a project that substantially ran over in time and budget named after him.
    • po (13/01/2019, 07:25) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
      @Think Again, thanks for the healthy and constructive feedback on the proposal to rename Peebles Hospital after Dr. Hon Premier Daniel Orlando Smith (AL). Thanks also for the feedback on other blogs. Nonetheless, IMO, it seems as if many are conflating the Premier’s medical contributions and his political leadership. My thoughts are based on his medical contributions and very less so on his political leadership. The Premier worked tirelessly in the medical field for decades before jumping into the political arena. It could be argued that his performance in politics was perhaps not as stellar as his medical contributions. In regards to his medical contributions to the BVI, the good doctor was a humble guy, a humble servant that didn’t wear his performance as a doctor on his sleeves. He worked quietly delivering medical services; he was neither a braggart nor an egomaniac.

      Moreover, as noted in my original blog, the Premier is well-deserving for being strongly considered for having Peebles Hospital renamed after him. Nevertheless, bringing the issue to the HOA at this time is at best poor. Bringing it to the HOA just days before an election, though well-intentioned, reeks of politics. It is politicizing and tarnishing a well-deserved honour. The honour can be attained on merit without the regrettable interjection of politics. The Premier has the power to hit the pause bottom and if I were here he, I would defer this action to another day. Doc exercise the leadership and do the right thing. If it is meant to be, it will be.

      Further, on another note, this last minute rush to push to roll out major capital projects, ie, TBLIA extension....etc appear to be self serving and is not serving neither the NDP nor the territory well. The government had 8 years to make things happened. The NDP needs to make the case for another term to continue . its plan. Thus, at this juncture, it should be taking care of routine operations/emergencies; major projects, policies, ie consumer protection.....etc should be left to the next government. Doc, give the people a belated Christmas present, ie, dissolve the HOA, set an election date and let the people vote now. NOW!
  • voice (12/01/2019, 13:09) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    Marlon take your time. Give a good reason why the hospital name should be changed at this time. You are a part of a sick set. Do not saddle the people with what they do not want. Do you know the history of Peebles Hospital? The whole NDP Government needs to be investigated . This man legacy is not as a doctor. He made lots of mistakes . We must look at what he did as a politician. Even so the new building was not his brain child. Tell us about the money he squandered on an airline. The planes never fly. Now he want to give away the Terrence B. Lettsome airport. Leave the hospital name alone. That is not a one party decision. It must come from the population.
  • CGB Resident. (12/01/2019, 14:24) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    For many years I worked for or with Dr’s . Rarely have I ever seen a Dr who made a great business man. Just my observation for 40 plus years. You are one or the other.
  • A man (12/01/2019, 20:18) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I vote rename it Dr Dawson hospital.
  • Webby (13/01/2019, 07:48) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why not name the giv’t admin building after him?
  • Dwayne from Cane (13/01/2019, 07:57) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    Finally! We can get rid of the sign "Peebles" that is so obviously missing an apostrophe.
  • sense (13/01/2019, 08:02) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    Why don't they just call it Road Town Hospital? Or just call it The Hospital. We all know where it is.
  • RENAME ROAD TOWN CLINIC (13/01/2019, 08:15) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    How can you RENAME a healthcare facility that's already named in honour of someone?! B.S-!!!
    I say, rename the CLINIC! As it is still named ROAD TOWN CLINIC.
    • Deh Watcha (15/01/2019, 16:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I always wondered why they put Peebles Hospital on the new building.

      Peebles is the original and this new building was built to "replace" it. The original Peebles should now have the title of Memorial added to it in my opinion and this new section be given a separate name all together.

      So is the name Peebles being stripped from the original building as well??
  • are you kiind me? (14/01/2019, 16:37) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    are you people nuts? why in heavens name would you want to memorialize this man in any way, shape or form?
    leave the name alone!


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