Thursday 29 October, 2020

‘Bobby’ Pickersgill admitted to UHWI intensive care unit

Robert Pickersgill

Robert Pickersgill

Former long-serving People’s National Party (PNP) Chairman, Robert ‘Bobby’ Pickersgill, was admitted to the intensive care unit of the University Hospital of the West (UHWI) on Thursday.

While there has been wide-scale speculation and pronouncements about the nature of his illness, Loop News has not yet had confirmation of the ailment.

Pickersgill, 77, served as a Cabinet minister in different governments that the PNP formed over a number of decades.

He was Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change in the last PNP administration that was led by Portia Simpson Miller between 2011 and 2016.

Before that, he was Minister of Transport and Works in the administration that started under Percival James Patterson in 2002, and ended with Simpson Miller at the helm in 2007.

Pickersgill has had portfolio responsibilities in other areas within PNP governments, starting in 1989 when he first won the North Western St Catherine constituency and represented it until Parliament was dissolved for the September 3, 2020 General Elections.

He also served as Chairman of the PNP for 25 years, before stepping down in 2017.

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