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Opposition MP collapses in the National Assembly – 4th Apr 2013

mp almost diedOpposition MP Richard Allen collapsed in the National Assembly during the 2013 National Budget Debate, prompting the Speaker to adjourn the sitting for about 20 minutes.

He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital for medical attention.

At the time of the collapse, he had just risen to apparently go to the washroom when he fell to the floor.

Accompanied by APNU’s Dr. George Norton, and Minister of Health, Dr. Bheri Ramsarran, a conscious Allen was subsequently taken by ambulance shortly before 3 on Thursday afternoon.

The APNU MP who resides in Region one, was subsequently transferred to the Caribbean Heart Institute located at Public hospital.

Capitol News understands that a heart condition was ruled out.

Opposition Leader, David Granger said Allen was not known to be suffering from any chronic non-communicable disease, though he had been complaining of a bout of flu.

One APNU MP said Allen has also requested medication for some pain tablets from Parliamentary staff.

When the sitting resumed MPs on both sides of the House were visibly shaken.

The speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman expressed gratitude to the Government MPs who are medical doctors who rendered assistance.

The Speaker’s comments were also endorsed by opposition leader, David Granger.

The Speaker later said that he and the clerk would be looking at getting a permanent medial team during the sitting of the National Assembly.

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