Name: Alden McLaughlin
District: George Town
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Cayman Islands Premier Alden McLaughlin announced late Monday afternoon that his Progressives-led government was abandoning efforts to pass a version of the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill during the current term, which ends Tuesday.
Patients from the Caribbean island of St. Maarten will be brought to Grand Cayman on weekly charter flights for medical treatment at Health City Cayman Islands, the hospital’s owners announced Monday.
Concerned that government may walk back its earlier agreement on changes to the controversial Legal Practitioners Bill, members of the independent opposition on Friday fired a new salvo in the months-long battle over the legislation.
The opposition Democratic Party will field at least 10 party candidates, in addition to supporting some independents for the upcoming election. One of those CDP candidates is Denniston Tibbetts, the older brother of Progressives party founder and former leader, Kurt Tibbetts.
The Cayman Islands government was forced to pay $625,000 in August over a medical negligence claim that predates 2002. Premier Alden McLaughlin, who is also the health minister, said the payment was “in addition to” other expenditures made in relation to the case.
Controversial changes to the law that governs the operation of Cayman Islands lawyers and law firms are expected to be reviewed by the Assembly on Friday. Premier Alden McLaughlin said late Wednesday that the government had filed a number of proposed amendments to the plan.