Health Care Barbados Style!
The Nation Newspaper has surprisingly published a fairly accurate report of conditions in the Accident and Emergency Department of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Patients waiting for hours bathed in their own vomit, a man with a broken jaw not seen for over 12 hours and still counting when reporter Melissa Wickham left and on and on and on.
But don’t you worry none, folks… the Minister of Health has announced that things will improve soon, for at least until the coming election is over.
After the election?
Well, by that time all the money will have been spent on the Cricket party, so Barbados will have to wait until the following election time before any money can be promised to health care – once again, just for the election, mind you!
A & E Agony
THE DOOR to the No. 2 medical records booth in the Accident & Emergency Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital doesn’t work. Patients have to pull on it with all their might until it becomes unstuck.
Unfortunately, it’s not the only thing in that department that needs fixing.
An elderly woman in a wheelchair vomits after waiting hours to be seen by a doctor. She is wheeled from the waiting room into the examination area, only to be told there are no available beds. So she waits longer on the inside, bathed in her own vomit.
A young man who sustained an injured jaw in a freak accident while swimming, waits with the patience of Job after arriving in the A&E from 2 a.m. early Tuesday, but up to 2:30 p.m. the same day still had not received any medical treatment.
Yet, compared to a few others, some of whom had been waiting from 11 a.m. the previous day, his wait was relatively short.
Another youngster who gets tired of waiting tries to sneak past the guards into the examination room to see a doctor – he is quickly caught and physically escorted out of the A&E as he hurls threats at the guards. But, having no other recourse, he soon returns, taking up residence on the floor after complaining of a bad back.
A woman is given a receptacle to fill with urine; she is visibly uncomfortable with having to walk back from the bathroom in front of everyone – male and female – with the urine in the uncovered container as she tries her best not to spill it…
… read the entire article at The Nation News (link here)