The HEART/NSTA Trust has come under fire for spending some $5.6 million on a three-day planning retreat in the midst of the pandemic.
The issue came to light at yesterday’s (December 14) meeting of Parliament, where Prime Minister Andrew Holness responded to questions tabled.
The Prime Minister noted that the retreat was held at the Moon Palace Hotel in Ocho Rios from October 7 to 10.
He said the annual strategic planning retreat saw the participation of the board of directors and senior executives of the agency.
In response to the Prime Minister’s revelation, Opposition Spokesman on Finance, Julian Robinson lamented that in the current climate, such an expenditure cannot be justified.
Mr. Robinson said the excessive spending on the retreat is symptomatic of all the other issues being experienced at HEART/NSTA Trust.
He said HEART/NSTA Trust is not satisfying the interests of its external stakeholders.