BFP’s Cards Are On The Table, Face Up
Let’s get one thing straight folks – most of us BFP editors don’t like Mr. George Griffith on principle alone. How on earth the Barbados Labour Party could select the Director of the largest abortion provider in the country to be their candidate in the upcoming election is totally beyond our understanding.
We also believe that Mr. Griffiths should not be on the Board of Directors for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital because it is an obvious conflict of interest between his abortion business and an institution that is supposed to be in the oversight chain over his abortion business. We also don’t like the relationship between the abortion industry, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the stem-cell clinics in Barbados.
Forget about all that for now – because as strange as it seems, this is an editoral in support of Mr. Griffith and his call for hospital employees to be accountable for the large-scale thefts at the hospital.
We see that the Board of Directors for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have crawled on their knees to beg forgiveness of the employees union for the fact that Mr. Griffiths spoke the obvious: some staff members are involved in the pilfering taking place at the hospital.
This is yet another case of someone trying to break that Barbados taboo that has somehow wormed it’s way into public thought: the taboo that no one can ever be held personally accountable for their areas of responsibility. Oh, we can talk about systemic problems and budget concerns and “some people this” and “a minority of employees this” but we can never say, for instance…
“The hospital administrator (insert name) is responsible for the surgical supplies in the operations theatre. $200,000 in supplies is unaccounted for, so we are firing the administrator who was supposed to be responsible for the surgical supplies.”
Mr. Griffith was taking the first step in solving a problem which is to name the problem – which is large scale pilfering from the hospital under circumstances where any reasonable person could know that hospital employees have to be involved in a serious way.
And the rest of the cowards on the Hospital Board can’t have any of that! Not to mention that if the Board starts to hold individuals accountable, someone might want to apply the same standard to them!
So in this, Barbados Free Press supports Mr. Griffith and his call for accountability about the large scale pilfering at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
Here is an article from CBC News…
QEH Board apologises
We’re sorry, says the board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital which has apologised for comments made by Deputy Chairman George Griffith, suggesting that some staff members were pilfering at the institution.
The apology followed a meeting today involving board chairman Horace Cobham, hospital CEO Winston Collymore and the National Union of Public Workers.
About a month ago, Mr. Griffith was quoted as saying there is large scale pilfering at the hospital.
However, the board says that at no time has it sought to cast aspersions of this nature on employees and therefore extends its deepest apologies.
The board also says it’s well aware that the majority of staff works tirelessly to provide care to patients and it remains committed to providing them with the necessary tools and a supportive environment to help them be their best.
It adds however, that there are many issues which must be addressed as it continues to pursue its performance improvement programme.
Nevertheless the deputy chairman is standing firm by his position.
While saying he would not comment on statements from the Chairman, Mr. Griffith told CBC his remarks about pilfering were not made lightly and that he was speaking about a minority at the hospital.
The Deputy Chairman also says he has no intention of resigning over the issue.
… read the original CBC article link here