Chairman of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Says Stop “Airing Dirty Linen In Public”

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?

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5 responses to “Chairman of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Says Stop “Airing Dirty Linen In Public”

  1. Bajanboy

    I was visiting in friend in ward A3 a few weeks ago. The toilet had no toilet seat and there was no toilet paper. There was also blood on the floor that was there for at least two hours. Disgusting. I wonder if Tony Blair’s son had to bring his own toilet paper.

  2. Out Dey In Bim

    I wonder what Jerome ‘slimy’ Walcott has to say about this.

    I don’t know what more we can say about this administration except to say it again- ‘they stink to high heavens’.

    Spend money building boardwalks,and $34 m on roads in St Phillip,and a million on a freedom statue in Rock Hall,and millions on a new airport that leaks and on and on.

    The QEH can’t be all that important,after all is only the poor people who don’t have friends in high places that have to suffer.

    That’s why Horld Hoyte crap analysis in the Friday nation got me so angry.

    All for the mighty dollar.

  3. Rumplestilskin

    How about that distinguished gentleman last year who was to receive some award at Government House, went straight to the QEH that evening due to chest pains (so the newspaper said) and was not seen by a doctor up to 7:00am the next morning?

    Then he went home.

    So its not only the poor who have to suffer the tribulations of inadequate funding, operations etc.

    But agreed, priorities seem to have gone haywire in Bim. We becoming materialistic bad, with no regard for the human element.

    Also, no regard for responsibility. The quote above indicates that we, the public and TAXPAYERS, who fund the hospital, should mind our own business regarding tis operations. And that those working for the hospital should keep problems hidden from us.

    What cheek I say. What utter gall.

  4. QEH is in violation of most universal medical acceptable standards. The wards are filthy, beds broken, windows broken, bird droppings on patients linen, bed rails used to keep the elderly “safe’ from falling are filthy with remains, used tape from hundreds of prior use.

    How do I know all this? Recently January 09 I had the misfortune of a dear relative who was hospitalized on the B ward. For 17 plus days the patient lay without the necessary surgery, 17 days with surgeons promising, reschedules and the unexplained. 17 days with the rudeness of some nurses who should not be allowed to care for animals let alone human beings. To ask a question is often met with a question. One relative to a patient was overheard asking the attending nurse at his bedside, ‘how is he doing..is he going or coming’? Response from B5 Nurse Alexander, ‘why you ask me that? I only give him the pills. Relative, but I just asking…Alexander cut him off, I ask you why you asking me..you can see for yourself. That same patient in bed 21 had his hands strapped to the rails of his bed for days without eating or being fed. He died two days later while we waited to visit our own relative.

    Bottom line is should not matter rich or poor. If you are in the business of health care, all in need should be attended to. I know, you would think this a practical and logical conclusion. Not so at QEH. The real problem is a rumor picked up in the hall by the many waiting relatives. The doctors ..some surgeons are mercenaries. They are in the business of accepting pay (extra) from the relative of the sick before surgery is performed. If you dont or cant pay ..you are told the patient ‘is too sick’ for surgery, resulting in delays and reschedules

    Conclusion, the government and health authorities are short sighted to ignore the correlation between tourist industry and it’s ability to care for the sick. Of course for now things looks rosy, but that’s exactly what short sightedness means. Its just a matter of time before pictures of urin on the floors in the only bathroom in the lobby or bed rails black with dirt from prior uses, or blood on the floors or bird droppings on patients linnens..makes it on Utube. Then perhaps a planned vacation will be cancelled or a cruise ship with sick passengers deferred to another port and so on. Then maybe just then, those in charge will make it a priority to fix both the structure and address the utterly poor attitudes of most of its nurses and mercenary physicians.

    Final note, the proctological instrument used effectively at QEH is ..time… Everything is tied to time and used very effectively to control. Example. QEH is in violation of most universal medical acceptable standards. The wards are filthy, beds broken, windows broken, bird droppings on patients linen, bed rails used to keep the elderly “safe’ from falling are filthy with remains, used tape from hundreds of prior use.

    How do I know all this? Recently January 09 I had the misfortune of a dear relative who was hospitalized on the B ward. For 17 plus days the patient lay in bed without the necessary surgery, 17 days with surgeons promising, reschedules and the unexplained. 17 days with the rudeness of some nurses who should not be allowed to care for animals let alone human beings. To ask a question is often met with a question. One relative to a patient was overheard asking the attending nurse at his bedside, ‘how is he doing..is he going or coming’? Response from B5 Nurse Alexander, ‘why you ask me that? I only give him the pills. Relative, but I just asking…Alexander cut him off, I ask you why you asking me? That patient in bed 21 was tied to his bed for days without eating or being fed. He died two days later while we waited to visit our own relative.

    Bottom line is should not matter rich or poor. If you are in the business of health care, all in need should be attended to. I know, you would think this a practical and logical conclusion. Not so at QEH. The real problem is a rumor picked up in the hall by the many waiting relatives. The doctors ..some surgeons are mercenaries. They are in the business of accepting pay (extra) from the relative of the sick before surgery is performed.
    If you dont or cant pay ..you are told the patient ‘is too sick’ for surgery.

    Conclusion, the government and health authorities are short sighted to ignore the correlation between tourist industry and it ability to care for the sick. Of course for now things looks rosy, but that exactly what short sightedness means. Its just a matter of time before pictures of urin on the floors in the only bathroom in the lobby or bed rails black with dirt from prior uses, or blood on the floors or bird droppings on patients linnens..makes it on utube. Then perhaps a fe planned vacations will be cancelled and so on. Then maybe just then, those in charge will make it a priority to fix both the structure and address the utterly poor attitudes of most of its nurses and mercenary physicians.

    Time is the delivery instrument used to create pain and suffering to patients and visitors alike.

    Visiting hours are posted clearly on the boards outside the wards for all to see. Yet, a 4:30 PM visit could find the doors open at 5:15 PM and 5:45 PM without a single word of explanation or apology from anyone. You simply have to wait outside, standing, wondering if and when they will open. Yet, promptly at 6:00 PM ..the bell rings, signaling the end of visiting hours. This is the norm on the B ward floor. During those awful 17 days visiting B ward, the doors never opened on time.

    In addition, same is true for the visitors parking garage. The sign says opens 4:00 PM. Yet, I actually opens 6 mins after 4:00 PM. Small in time, but inconvenience when you pulled up to the bar at 4:00 PM only ot find you not only cannot gain access, but you have to back up to allow those with electronic key card pass.

  5. Tell me Why

    Prentice
    January 31, 2009 at 2:02 am

    QEH is in violation of most universal medical acceptable standards. The wards are filthy, beds broken, windows broken, bird droppings on patients linen, bed rails used to keep the elderly “safe’ from falling are filthy with remains, used tape from hundreds of prior use. .
    ………………………………………………………………………………….
    I read your litany of woes where you refuse to give one ounce of credit to the Hospital. Is your relative alive today and have you given the almighty thanks. For the last week, I have been attending B6 and B7 twice a day and the health care is excellent. It is impossible to use tape over and over. Perhaps you saw a doctor or nurse checking to see if the patient is OK and might ease the tape to see the wound. That’s OK any part of the world. Probably, it is people like you who feel that nurses are slaves and you are the masters with a whip to put in their tail if things don’t go your way.

    How on earth can you expect 3 – 5 nurses on a ward to respond to 20 patients in a split second. When my son was in hospital, my wife, daughters along with myself pitched in and assist the nurses with our son and any child that need assistance and we never cried out. We were more than happy to assist. We must realise that nurses are people too and we should be happy with our health care system. Trinidad is better off than us financially, but are you aware that patients lie on the floor for medical care? You sound like a returning national with a bag of problems. Please dispose of them when the garbage truck comes around.

    Universal violation my foot.