Ministry Investigating Unnatural Death

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Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde, touring the Vauxhall Senior Citizens Village accompanied by Director of the National Assistance Board, Sharon Wilson (right), Assistant Director, Colleen Walcott (left) and Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs, Gabrielle Springer (far left). Also on tour were chairman of the National Assistance Board and other Ministry officials. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

The Ministry of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs has launched an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the unnatural death of a female resident of the Vauxhall Senior Citizens Village, Vauxhall, Christ Church, yesterday evening.

Minister with responsibility for Elder Affairs, Cynthia Forde, today expressed regret for the incident which led to the death of 69-year-old Martha Doyle, who lived at Unit 3A at the facility.

Minister Forde said: “I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Ms. Doyle and to the residents and staff of the Vauxhall Senior Citizens Village.  As we await the outcome of the investigations, both by the Royal Barbados Police Force and ourselves, we have taken immediate steps to provide counselling, facilitated by Network Services, for the residents and staff.”

The Minister said that she had been assured by the Royal Barbados Police Force that they had been pleased with the response of the security on site, adding: “I would wish to assure the families of residents at the Village, as well as the general public, that we give high priority to ensuring safety at all our facilities including this centre, and if necessary, even further steps will be taken to safeguard the continued welfare of residents.”

Minister Forde toured the facility this morning, accompanied by Ministry officials, and Chairman of the National Assistance Board, Dr. Sonia Browne and met with residents and staff.

The Vauxhall Senior Citizens’ Village is home to 38 residents, 19 men and 19 women, aged 46 to 83 years old. It provides housing for independent living as well as persons who require assistance.

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