VIPD Called To deCastro Clinic; Officials Offer No Explanation

DOH officials refused to comment on rumored personnel issues at the Morris F. deCastro Clinic in Cruz Bay, above.

V.I. Police Department officials were called to the Morris F. deCastro Clinic in Cruz Bay on Tuesday night, March 1, but Department of Health officials offered no explanation.

“For the matter of law enforcement being called to the clinic, there was no reason immediately for the call,” said DOH spokesperson Eunice Bedminster. “There was no arrest reported from the facility.”

The VIPD were reportedly called to the community health clinic because someone had entered the clinic in violation of an order to not do so, according to an official familiar with the situation who wished to not be named.

While officials remained mum, it seemed apparent that something is afoot at the Cruz Bay public health clinic. DeCastro Administrator Ronnie Jones has not been seen at the clinic for the past several weeks, according to sources. Bedminster declined to comment on where Jones is working and why.

“I did a bit of investigating and honestly, I am not at liberty to discuss the personnel issue,” said Bedminster.

The DOH spokesperson, however, did confirm that someone besides Jones is currently “in charge” at the clinic.

“As far as who is in charge at deCastro, that is Ms. Linette George, Deputy Commissioner of Public Health Services, who is assisted in day-to-day operations from staff,” Bedminster said.

George did not return telephphone calls from St. John Tradewinds requesting comment as of press time.