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Too many drugs: polypharmacy alarming trend at Mental Health Foundation

CAY HILL — Administering two and often more drugs at the same time has been the rule rather than the exception at the Mental Health Foundation for many years. Many patients are given a cocktail of medication. This is called polypharmacy or poly-medication. Last year, this changed with the arrival of two BIG-registered doctors, but only for the More...

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By The Publisher On Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Medical liability issue gets attention from government

PHILIPSBURG — The government, led by Prime Minister Silveria Jacobs, wants a St. Maarten version of the Dutch Individual Health Care Professions Act (Wet BIG). This is stated in the NA-UP Governing Program More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Psychiatric patient dead in solitary confinement

CAY HILL — Nobody knows what happened that night. The next morning, August 25, 2020, Caulette Julien was found dead in the isolation cell of the Mental Health Foundation. She was 43 years old. The responsible More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
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MHF response to article StMaartenNews.com September 22, 2020

Dear Publishers, On behalf of the foundation, our interim director Eileen Healy would like to rectify allegations stated in an article titled “Medical recognition divisive issue at Mental Health Foundation” More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020
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Medical recognition divisive issue at Mental Health Foundation

CAY HILL — The board of the Mental Health Foundation has elected a new interim director whose name does not appear in the BIG register. Dr. Kitty Pelswijk, who also acts as medical coordinator, is not officially More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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Interim Director responds to publication about MHF turmoil

Dear Publisher, As interim director I would like to inform the general public of St. Maarten that the reason for my resignation is the fact that per September 30th, 2020, my contract ends. After hurricane Irma More...

By The Publisher On Sunday, September 20th, 2020
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Mental Health Foundation in turmoil

CAY HILL — Amidst a growing need for a national mental health response during the coronavirus outbreak, interim-director Eileen Healy of the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has submitted her resignation effective More...

By The Publisher On Saturday, August 22nd, 2020
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SMMC rectifies Dutch media report

CAY HILL — St. Maarten Medical Center (SMMC) has taken note of a media report from Omrop Fryslan that was published today in which a recently arrived rotational specialist has made statements which are not More...

By The Publisher On Tuesday, August 18th, 2020
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Education must continue

~ No need for rules if common sense rules ~ PHILIPSBURG – The beginning of the new school year created a rather awkward situation, not only for the government, but also for schools and parents. While some schools More...

By The Publisher On Thursday, August 13th, 2020
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Learning Unlimited defies Education Ministry’s closure-order

PHILIPSBURG – All public and private schools have to remain closed for onsite education, Education Minister Rodolphe Samuel wrote in a letter to all school boards on August 11, but that message was apparently More...