PM Harris goes to the Appeal Court to stop Opposition Leader Denzil Douglas from getting his hands on stem cell documents.

Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis Timothy Harris.

Basseterre, St Kitts, November 6, 2019 – St Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Dr the Hon Timothy Harris goes to the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal next week to prevent documents related to so-called stem cell scandal at the J N France General Hospital from getting into the hands of Leader of the Opposition the Rt Hon Dr Denzil L Douglas.
In July, Justice Eddy Ventose gave prime minister Harris until August 2, 2019 to provide Dr Douglas with several documents including the letter authorizing the St Kitts Institute for Regenerative Medicine to start up business, certified copies of decisions of the Cabinet, a list of medical personnel who worked on the project, the customs declaration forms and evidence that the umbilical cord blood or blood samples were procured by reputable international cord blood banks.
The Stem Cell matter went to court after Dr Harris took action against Dr Douglas claiming that he was libeled in a speech on 22 June 2016.
Dr Douglas claimed that the words to which Dr Harris had complained of “were fair comment based on qualified privilege.”
On June 13, 2016, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Patrick Martin, using his powers under the Public Health Act and the Medical Act shut down the unauthorized Stem Cell project which was taking place in the Private Ward at the J N France General Hospital without his knowledge and authorization.
Three days after, Dr Martin was sent on pre-retirement leave on June 16, 2016.
On July 14, 2017, two police officers delivered a letter to his home from the Office of the Prime Minister informing him that effective from that date, he was no longer the substantive holder of the post of Chief Medical Officer.

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