From The Nation News…CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), Horace Cobham, is knocking the practice of “airing everything negative about the hospital in as public a forum as possible”. Speaking at the hospital’s 42nd anniversary celebrations, he said such practices “added no value to the development of the hospital”.
“If there are any areas of concern, we will be the ones who will let the public know about them . . . . We are keen to hear how you feel and what you feel should be done,” he said…
… read the rest at The Nation News (link here)
We’ve Got News For Q.E.H’s Chairman: Everybody Knows Already
Mr. Cobham’s plea for the hospital staff and public to just mind their own business doesn’t fly anymore. The “going public” by the staff is because they haven’t been able to change things without drawing public attention to the disaster that is the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Simply put – staff and citizens have lost trust and faith in the hospital administration and the government.
Last month, we discovered that the premier hospital of Barbados had no working autoclaves to sterilize surgical instruments. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners described the situtation at Queen Elizabeth Hospital as “A Disaster That Is Unfolding“.
A while ago, there was that major television news piece that went around the world (See Toronto TV News – Barbados Hospital ‘Squalid, Crumbling, Urine On Floor’).
This Is About A Government That Won’t Fund Hospitals, Sewers Or Water Distribution
While the Chairman at the QEH is doing the best he can with what he has, it is useless to talk about “priorities in spending” when the place has been starved to death by government neglect. It is useless to talk about the hospital administration being the ones to let the public know “if there are any areas of concern” when they have been quiet little government lap dogs for years.
No Functioning Autoclaves. Got that?
Even the hospital in Kigali, Rwanda has an autoclave.
Wonder what “The Father Of First World Barbados” has to say about that?