Barbados Association Of Medical Practitioners Calls For Resignation Of Entire Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board

Hospital Owes Millions To Suppliers – Some Haven’t Been Paid In Four Months

Yup. No surprises here, folks.

Of course, it is really tough to administer a hospital when the government doesn’t consider health care enough of a priority to properly fund our only hospital.

Did everyone enjoy the Cricket World Cup and the new flyovers?

Good.

Just don’t get sick…

BAMP Wants QEH Board To Resign

The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners is calling for the resignation of the entire board of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

BAMP is warning Barbadians that it’s willing to undertake whatever action it deems necessary to effect change at the hospital.

This as it accuses the board of failing in its mandate to improve patient care at the premier health care facility.

In a strongly worded two page letter to the chairman of the QEH’s board, BAMP has called for a response by August 24.

BAMP is accusing the board of the QEH of failing to correct the many ills plaguing that institution.

And it says this has occurred despite the Board’s assurances that it has the right medicine for the facility.

BAMP says it has reviewed at length the various problems facing the QEH and has received little attention, if any by the QEH’s board.

BAMP also charges that despite numerous requests from heads of department at the QEH for basic material and equipment Supplies are unavailable on a day to day basis, adding that the hospital owes its suppliers millions of dollars, with some of them not being paid for over four months.

… continue reading this article at the CBC (link here)

Thanks to Hants and a few other readers who informed us of this story.

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49 responses to “Barbados Association Of Medical Practitioners Calls For Resignation Of Entire Queen Elizabeth Hospital Board

  1. reality check

    there is a huge train wreck coming or if you prefer. ” a day of reckoning”!!!

  2. Wishing in Vain

    Does this call also call on the Minister responsible for Health the Hon Mrs Jerome Walcott to also resign as surely it has been at the forefront of this disasterours reign ?
    Why is it that everything that can go wrong in this island is going wrong?
    Is it a lack of management of the affairs of state ?
    If so lets get to it and correct it with our vote, we have no more time to doodle around while Owing contiues to rape this island of its money.
    No wonder we have a disaster zone for a Health care program, instead of directing much needed funds to correcting the ills within the health care system by putting money and action into the ministry and installing workers with the job at heart, we have installed one who is uncertain of most things including its gender and is aloof and out to sea most of the time, we have been asking for sometime now to have a few of them removed and replaced in the ministries such as Walcott, Clarke, Prescod, Eastmond, Mottley, Thompson, Lynch, Wood, Marshall and actually if the PM had a heart he would fire himself too but the scamp he is, not for him he is sitting tight raking in the money from the slots, the change of use permissions, the land deals, the prison project you name it he has a hand in the scam.
    They needed to have a cabinet reshuffle over a year ago but it was not done it suggest to me that Owing was comfortable with who he had installed there and were allowing them the opportunity to build their nest while was doing likewise, or maybe he opted not to move them because he had idiots standing on the sidelines and they could not have been risked with the ministry of anything, we ought to remember the backbencher Rommel Marshal the crook that masterminded the insurance scam that he pocketed his retiement funds from and just before the election Arthur decleared him the hardest working minister in his cabinet and on giving them back the seat the spineless bastard got fired instantly, but has sat quietly on the backbench only to open him mouth twice in five years to state that he supports Mottley for the post of PM of course he would support it as both of them are cut from the same cloth and he has been dismissed and put to pasture by Arthur and he the spineless person he is has said not a word in disguss.

  3. Wishing in Vain

    Does this call also call on the Minister responsible for Health the Hon Mrs Jerome Walcott to also resign as surely it has been at the forefront of this disasterours reign ?
    Why is it that everything that can go wrong in this island is going wrong?
    Is it a lack of management of the affairs of state ?
    If so lets get to it and correct it with our vote, we have no more time to doodle around while Owing contiues to rape this island of its money.

  4. Wishing in Vain

    They needed to have a cabinet reshuffle over a year ago but it was not done it suggest to me that Owing was comfortable with who he had installed there and were allowing them the opportunity to build their nest while was doing likewise, or maybe he opted not to move them because he had idiots standing on the sidelines and they could not have been risked with the ministry of anything, we ought to remember the backbencher Rommel Marshal the crook that masterminded the insurance scam that he pocketed his retiement funds from and just before the election Arthur decleared him the hardest working minister in his cabinet and on giving them back the seat the spineless bastard got fired instantly, but has sat quietly on the backbench only to open him mouth twice in five years to state that he supports Mottley for the post of PM of course he would support it as both of them are cut from the same cloth and he has been dismissed and put to pasture by Arthur and he the spineless person he is has said not a word in disguss.

  5. Wishing in Vain

    BFP these post are not mine actually I would like to find the idiot and teach him a thing or two about decency.

    wishing in vain
    August 22nd, 2007 at 6:12 am
    You know, I’m sober now and I’ve been thinking… I think the BLP is doing a fantastic job.

    Thank God for Owen Arthur.

    BFP is hungry dogs.

    4-LUV-en-yuh-back-side!!!
    Wishing in Vain
    August 22nd, 2007 at 6:16 am
    BFP,

    Sorry fuh wunna.

    I decide to stop telling lies for wunna.

    Pay me MORE MONEY if wunna want me to keep posting more things gainst the government.

    _FOUR_LOVE_IN_WUNNA_BACKSIDE_!!!

  6. Wishing in Vain

    BFP these post are not mine actually I would like to find the idiot and teach him a thing or two about decency.
    The rabid dogs are out to play led by the leader of the pack.

    **********************

    BFP Comments

    Hi Wishing In Vain

    We will continue to ban the different IPs and delete the comments of this fellow every time he surfaces. Same old same old technique of trying to disrupt the blog.

    We have saved all his posts and the IP – especially the ones where he threatened to shoot the journalist and DLP candidate Irene Sandiford-Garner – and are now debating whether or not to publish the IPs in an open letter to Police Commissioner Dottin. If we thought the writer was really meaning his threat we would have no question at all about publishing his IP, but at a certain point public threats whether “real” or not deserve to be addressed.

    What are your thoughts?

    Cliverton

  7. Wishing in Vain

    Why do you not go back to the BLP blog where you can communicate at the same level with them without any problems.
    This site maybe slight above your comprehension and skill level hence your stupid rants.

  8. sick and fed up sylvan

    Bajans must salute the doctors for speaking out and support them. I mean this thing is scandalous and sickening too. The QEH can’t pay suppliers for basic supplies. Nurses have to buy soap and so on, basic supplies but it can pay Ricardo Blackman for putting out a lot of nonsense each week about how the QEH improving. Who they think they fooling? The mess at the QEH shows the Barbados Labour Party don’t care about Barbadians. Its priorities are wrong. Bajans can die as far as the BLP is concerned because flyovers, World Cup, condominiums is more important to the BLP than fixing the QEH so Bajans can get quality care. they are talking about first world status for Barbados and can’t get the basics right. Come on, give me a break! If Barbadians vote back in the BLP, they will be saying that it is alright if the QEH collapse, if they starve to death because of the high prices, if they are forced to sleep on the streets because they can’t buy piece of land. Bajans, stop feeling for Owing After. He does not give a damn about you. Take back your country.

  9. BFP

    BFP Comments

    Hi Wishing In Vain

    We will continue to ban the different IPs and delete the comments of this fellow every time he surfaces. Same old same old technique of trying to disrupt the blog.

    We have saved all his posts and the IP – especially the ones where he threatened to shoot the journalist and DLP candidate Irene Sandiford-Garner – and are now debating whether or not to publish the IPs in an open letter to Police Commissioner Dottin. If we thought the writer was really meaning his threat we would have no question at all about publishing his IP, but at a certain point public threats whether “real” or not deserve to be addressed.

    What are your thoughts?

    Cliverton

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  11. Straight talk

    Cliverton:
    Although I am appalled at these threats, if you publish this disturbed person’s IP address what action would/could the police take without sight of your records as proof of this assault?

    There must be other more creative ways to deal with this problem whilst protecting your anonymity.

    *********************

    BFP Replies

    My thoughts exactly, Straight talk – but we wanted to put it out to our readers for their opinions as this is, above all, a community where the larger “we” try to regulate ourselves.

    Thanks for your advice.

    Cliverton

  12. Rumplestilskin

    BFP and contributors. Well done on this piece.

    Having said that,this now only proves what us ‘stupid average man’ as we must be seen by those that have authority, have been saying all along, that the QEH is in a mess.

    But no, even Billie Miller, BLP Matriarch, told us how well our hospital operates.

    Blah, blah, blah.

    Same thing with Greenland, same thing with CWC 2007/ Kensington and same thing with GEMS we are told how well they are doing.

    Do ALL of the Ministers subscribe to the theory of mass persuasion aka ‘The King’s New Clothes’?

    My only question is, how are we now going to dig ourselves out of these holes?

    With the QEH specifically, what is horrifying is that the Doctors have obviously been forced into this position! Do you not think they would have many times alerted the Management and Board as to the conditions, only to have to resort now to this?

    But, we can find money, as noted above, for flyovers?

    My NEXT question is, are we SURE that all of this loan money is being used for flyovers, Kensington etc, or is this going into the general Treasury to be then dispersed. May we have full and detailed accounting fo these monies please, just to ensure these monies are being spent ‘appropriately’.

    Maybe that is the reason for all these overruns, are these monies are being used to ‘buoy’ the economy directly, even more worrying than the indirect method of spending on a project to buoy the economy?

    I have said so before, with a world economic boom for the past few years, there is no reason we should be in this position, may the Almighty help us when the world moves into a recession,even if mild.

    If the election was not so close, I would ask whether a peaceful march to support the Doctors is not called for, but the election is going to eliminate the need for that.

    Unfortunately, future Prime Minister Thompson must brace himself for some shocks on entering office and must prepare the electorate for some tough times of belt tightening ahead.

    Upon assuming office, PM Thompson must also dedicate a unit either from the Auditor General’s Office or an independent firm, to provide immediate and detailed accounting of ALL major projects.

    I am truly disgusted that, despite all of the queries, all of the warnings, all of the public concern that was repeatedly ignored, the Doctors have now been forced into this position.

    Anyone who cannot see the writing on the wall needs their head examined.

  13. Rumplestilskin

    My longer post is awaiting moderation.

    You cannot guess at how upset and angry I am right now, that this NONSENSE has been allowed to persist!

    Pass the salt please, after all, that is obviously the message that we are getting is it not, to ‘go suck salt’?

    Doctors, we support you wholeheartedly.

  14. REPORTER

    My suggestion is that crazy talk is very hard to discern if it is serious or not. And you would be better off being safe than sorry.

    I would certainly send the information to the police making sure you cover your tracks.

    How many time have we seen people go on a rampage killing innocent people and after the fact friends say we heard him making all kinds of threats etc and we knew he/she had a gun but we did not think they were capable of such carnage.

  15. Backra Johnny

    Anonymous,
    You think its ok to threaten people??
    I think they should ban YOUR id … you write so much crap on here..

  16. Wishing in Vain

    Can you please remove this post as well I find it disgustingly sick, He needs to be taken before the courts and charged for uttering threatening comments.
    However in doing this your idenity would be revealed why not publish whatever information you have on the IP addresses it has been using this may very handy indeed.

    Wishing in Vain
    August 22nd, 2007 at 6:18 am
    BFP these post are not mine actually I would like to find the idiot and teach him a thing or two about decency.

    wishing in vain
    August 22nd, 2007 at 6:12 am
    You know, I’m sober now and I’ve been thinking… I think the BLP is doing a fantastic job.

    Thank God for Owen Arthur.

    BFP is hungry dogs.

    4-LUV-en-yuh-back-side!!!
    Wishing in Vain
    August 22nd, 2007 at 6:16 am
    BFP,

    Sorry fuh wunna.

    I decide to stop telling lies for wunna.

    Pay me MORE MONEY if wunna want me to keep posting more things gainst the government.

    _FOUR_LOVE_IN_WUNNA_BACKSIDE_!!!

  17. Adrian

    I think banning people is counter productive. I have not seen anything from anyone that can so shake my eye teet that i wish they would stop. It is more likely that in their effort to out do and out strip that they slip up and slip out out things they didn’t really want too. Some of the greatest political truths came from slip-ups and slip-outs from fits of anger and pure ignorance. Let them have their say. We can ignore the mostly, nonsense, and pick sense from the rest to throw back their way, remember we are on offence, and a cornered dog will mostly snarl, bare-teeth, not spoiling for a fight but hoping for a break. We should give them one.

    ******

    BFP Comments

    Hi Adrian

    They are posting in your name, WIV and Hants as well. The last time we “let them run” folks were asking for them to be turned off in an hour.

  18. Royalrumble

    Running a Hospital here or any where in the world is a difficult undertaken. I read an article recently that reported that just over in oil rich Trinidad pregnant women were being made to sleep on benches and concrete floors in their Hospital while waiting for assistance.

    I know that in Canada interest groups collect contributions to help run their Hospitals and I don’t have to remind anyone of the death rate in the Hospitals in the USA. I have not said all that to deny the fact that we do have our own problems here but why do we feel that every time a hurdle confronts us we have to bulldoze the head to cross over?

    Do the Doctors feel that they are blameless in the problems confronting the Hospital? Do they really think that we the public are not aware of the problems that they cause at that institution?

    There are doctors in that institution for whom this country owes a debt of gratitude but there are others for whom Harrison Point is too kind a place to make their home.

    Let us talk about the man hours for which they are paid for by Government but for which they spend in their own practice. Lets us talk about the level theft of the equipment and other materials which the hospital needs to do its work properly. Let’s talk about the private patients who pay doctors for various services to be carried out privately but who end up on in the QEH wards to have the same services done at the public’s expense and the list goes on.

    Any institution that is forced to endure this level of assault on its finances must suffer from a financial as well as a morale problem. Had the QEH been a private hospital it would have closed doors every since. In the same way that firing Lara has not fixed West Indies cricket, firing the Hospital Board will not fix the problems there.

    What is required at the Hospital is paradigm shift in the attitudes of its workers. When Doctors respect the worth of the junior doctors, nurses and other staff members and when the entire staff can begin to see their role in running the Hospital as a critical function for which the country is dependant then we will see a change in the quality in the output of the work of the Hospital. The split in the junior and senior doctor’s Union speaks volumes about the level of personality conflict that rips at the heart of the QEH’s problems.

  19. Reporter

    No one is disputing that hospitals all over the
    world make mistakes. That is not the issue here!

    In every walk of life and profession where humans are involved you will get cases of human error being involved.

    The issue here, is that the QEH is a disaster where every day you read in newspapers of professionals at the hospital, and the client public using it, who crying out about poorly maintained and broken equipment, lack of proper administration, security etc. A few years ago people witnessed an attack by gun crazed criminal/s in the Emergency room.

    But the difference between the QEH and as I understand it hospitals abroad is that Barbados has the only ONE General Hospital while in other major countries they have hundreds if not thousands.

    And here is another point. In most overseas hospitals where a patieny is suspected of dying from poor medical or negligent care. An Autopsy and investigation is carried out and those responsible disciplined and in many cases sued. At the QEH this is unheard of because their mal practice cases many of which are not the fault of the medical team but from lacking infrastructure, equipment etc is swept under the rug like most things in Barbados.

    But here is what I do not understand and never have. Why is it we here in Barbados are aware that most Bajans who can afford it including our politicians always opt to go overseas to be treated for serious and life threatening conditions if the QEH is so good and efficient?

  20. Wishing in Vain

    Still waiting to see if they are making the call to resign right up to the minister that is responsible as surely he is a major part of the problem.

  21. Reporter

    Absolutely Wishing, because the “buck” stops at the Minister. This recent controversy is but only one of a litany of complaints about the QEH you know that better than me!

    And this situation is no better or different than the Attorney General allowing bureaucrats to not pay warders since February 07. He/She too is responsible for that sad situation.

  22. Anonymous

    it is interesting that when Jerome Walcott was President of BAMP he used to be very critical of the system. All that changed when he became Minister. Now they are licking his backside ( no pun intended here to Jerome).

    I wonder what really triggered this last outburst from the Doctors?

    Royal R continues to utter foolishness. How on earth will Owen make Barbados a first world country when the likes of RR continues to make excuses for bad management?If we are truely to be first world we have to step up to the plate. No more excuses..do what has to be done to ensure that that the QEH offers nothing but the best in public health.

  23. Wishing in Vain

    Simply put it appears to me that the gov’t of Barbados is having a serious problem paying their bills, this maybe the result of the gross mismanagement of the treasury and the excessive spending on CWC, and the airport as we are now hearing that before the project is fully handed over they need money to carry out remedial work but added to this the filtering away from the treasury to personal bank accounts as much as $ 200 million in one project the prison, of course with levels of stealing like this it was only a matter of time before it came back to haunt them and haunting is exactly what is happening here now.
    Every area of gov’t involved projects has a problem attached to it why do you think that this is happening ?
    Too much corruption.

  24. hants

    RoyalRumble has proven the case to fire the Board and replace management with competent professionals.

    Unless the problems at the QEH are caused by “Political interference”;

    If equipment is STOLEN. Call the Police.

    If Doctors are treating private patients at the Hospital’s expense, that is fradulent.

    If what Royalrumble says is true, shouldn’t the police be investigating?

  25. Wishing in Vain

    Remember in excess of $ 300 million that was wasted at the oval for CWC ?
    Had these people had a heart or consideration for its citizens they could have spent half of that and built a new and working hospital to take care of the needs of the sick and suffering but not this bunch they opt for the egotistic approach big screens, TV camers, and a shambles of a closing ceremony but they managed to get themselves on the TV that is what really matters glitz and glamour leave out the real issues and meat of the matter,these people excel in in pomp and flair minus the substance, lets look out for big fireworks displays at election time and listen for their empty ramblings.

  26. YUM YUM I like it

    What hapened to Operation Miracle?

    This was the Cuban offer (along with flights paid for by Mr Chavez) to take hundreds of those needing eye operations and treat them for free.

    Government Press Release then nothing.

    Was this just hot air and spin from the ‘gubbermint’?

    A little birdy told me that the QEH doctors are against this scheme! Maybe Owing and the gang should have consulted them first before announcing the ‘miracle’ back in 2006!! Doctors are a proud lot you know!

  27. YUM YUM I like it

    Hundreds if not thousands of people in this country lead sub-standard lives due to preventable loss of function. This has an effect on us all!

    Waiting lists are so long for some procedures that a trickle of patients resort to private treatment, leaving younger relatives with years of debt. Some are not so lucky and have to wait!

    Why try to pretend to have a free health care system when this is a myth?

  28. YUM YUM I like it

    Private surgery is offered up in weeks rather than years, and by the same surgeons in the same operating theatres.

    What is most alarming is that a lot of the private treatment is solicited in ‘public’ out-patient clinics.

    Too many specialists in Barbados benefit greatly from public health being inadequate. THAT is a problem and a stumbling block for change!

  29. Jerome Hinds

    The action taken by BAMP is a good example of professionals not allowing themselves to be blinded by CRASS – ISM and political WUH LESS NESS !

    After chopping off the heads of the QEH management team in the mid 1990’s the hoodlum Owen Arthur boasted that such action would enhance the EFFICIENCY of the QEH !

    Here is what transpired since then:

    * An inmcompetent Board was installed !

    * Philippino & Nigerian nurses who have no undertanding of Barbadian socio – economic realities hired at the QEH……while competent & qualified Barbadian nurses stay at home to tend to flower gardens !

    * A doodle – duck Minister of Health ( Jerome Walcott ) who had all the answers as president of BAMP under a DLP administration……but remains CLUE LESS as Minister of Health under a BLP administration !

    This is Owen Arthur’s VISION and STRATEGY of moving Barbados to World – Class status !

  30. Wishing in Vain

    But Jerome is this not case in every area that this bunch have dabbled in every ministry is manifesting its own share of poor management.
    When we allow clows and idiots to run the affairs of state look out for major problems, You give me one example of this lot running a half decent ministry and I will show you 3 that are poorly managed, these people have failed to take this the peoples business seriously and we are now seeing outcome.
    Mottley never started work until after lunch time most days, hung over or smoked up unable to function so much so her PS never booked meetings before lunchtime anytime.
    And this is what have as our rulers?
    Lord help us because this bunch surely cannot.

  31. Medical student

    I expect Arthur to announce a meeting with all stakeholders at QEH forthwith.

  32. Littleboy

    I know of doctors who have not been paid for as long as 5 months because of a “computer error”, yet continue to work beyond the call of duty…18 hours a day, and sometimes 7 days per week.
    That rubbish must stop unless we want to increase the cemetery population!!!

  33. Adrian

    BFP Comments

    Hi Adrian

    They are posting in your name, WIV and Hants as well. The last time we “let them run” folks were asking for them to be turned off in an hour.
    ————————————————————
    Wuh i didn’t realize that. I hope their spelling and grammer where as bad as mine, if not it wasn’t me. 😀

    I just hope that David Thompson and the DLP can keep going for at least another year, um is clear to me that the BLP’S only clear strategy of not losing the next election is to hope or cause a sufficiently major crisis of confidence issue in thompy and the DLP. Todate rather than that happening it is looking like they will not get one seat. I don’t see how they could if a serious people practice a little self respect and self interest.

  34. Adrian

    Yuh know i forgot how politicians can benefit from natural disasters. Disasters such as Hurricanes can present a political party with a blessed (to them) opportunity to play the God they like to mimic in words only. Remember Arthur patting a Rastaman down in de Orleans at the height of the public awarness of the stench that these citizens are still suffering to this day? I don’t expect an election to be called anytime during hurricane season unless a weather system cause sufficient damage to Barbados for the BLP to exploit.:D Watch the Obeah woman in Jamaica attempt to exploit Hurricane Dean effects on Jamaica.

  35. Wishing in Vain

    Adrian if you cast your thoughts back far enough to Tom Adams and Owing Arthur’s assault to the house of assembly do you remember the real source of the success?
    It was the floods in St.Peter right around the time of the revote and what did they do ?
    They used the services of one Arson Trash to distribute the welfare and mattresses and beds and biscuits and corned beef those that suffered or did not suffer as a result of the rains many of them received financial benefits in $ 100.00 multiples.
    So yes natural disasters do assist parties in power the difference here is that these disasters have been man made by the same ones trying to fool the electorate at this time and I think that the electorate have their eyes wide open this time and not wide shut as in the past.
    They may find it harder to dispense corned beef and biscuits and money for votes especially now with the revelation of the real motives to move these squatters.

  36. Anonymous

    I know of a doctor whose car was repossessed because they had not been paid for several months. This foolishness has been happening for too long.

    Jerome has not been able to do anything significant. He has fallen out with his former associates and friends in a very short time period. I wonder how he is going to fit back in when he has to revert to a private citizen within a few months.

    Perhaps he has also been making money on the side like all the other politicians

  37. Wishing in Vain

    I for one am in total disagreement with the selling off of a cultural event of this size and importance as this event is, to private enterprise they are some things which the gov’t of the day must stand up and be counted for and this one of those events.
    Instead of taking the easy way out of this self inflicted mess the PM needs to seriously look at what were the causes of this fiasco this year as an outsider it appears clear to me that adminstration at the foundation needs firing starting with Estwick (but forgive me I forgot that he is a loyal subject of the blp) but how can we promote a local cultural festival and hire dub artiste to perform this is madness from the outset.
    He to was responsible for removing the mix of music from the Spring Garden on the Monday opting for their station.
    The last time I checked we were still living in a democratic society and freedom of choice is one of those options in a democracy but this appears to be disappearing ever so quickly.
    How will moving this event to a private sector operated event change the violence on the roads when the Police are within view of these incidents and turn a blind eye to them will a private sector run event have more or even have control of the security services?
    I think not Mr PM, you are opting out taking the easy way out like everything else you have dabbled in this event needs strong management something that none of you all exhibit in your ministerial functioning, neither you nor Mottley have ever come to grips with the reality of what Cropover means to we the people hence your inabilty to meet and resolve differences before they get totally out of hand as has happened each and every year you and Mottley have had anything to do with this event.
    Selling the event off is not the way out rather install sensible persons and let them get the show on the road, then again Mr PM do you have it in mind to sellit off to the Irish for a tidy sum and then we host Cropover Irish style after all you are always awake to pocketing a million or two in that Cayman Island account.

  38. Wishing in Vain

    sorry I posted here in error I was looking for the page dealing with crop over sorry.

  39. Royalrumble

    You blasted Dems so foolish that it ain’t funny. Since you all so perfect at managing everything, tell me this. Who should have resigned when a famous entertainer in Barbados reported that he had to cancel his shows scheduled for George Street because the place was stink? He said it was rat infested with roach droppings allover the place. Curtains were dirty and the walls musty. Toilet bowls were broken and smelt rank.

    If you can’t even manage one small building how the hell do you intend to run a country

    *********************

    BFP Comments

    Yup, we agree RoyalRumble… those Dems aren’t able to run the country any more than the BLP are. How many generations will it take to pay off 13 years of borrow and spend under the BLP? Has anyone done the math?

    OH, yeah…. darn, we forgot… the BLP Government doesn’t provide accounts to anyone for anything.

    Does anyone know how much we have “invested” in the GEMS hotels?

    Does anyone know how much public money went into Public Works Minister Gline Clarke’s new home on expropriated land?

    Anytime you’re ready, RR…

  40. Jerome Hinds

    Wishing in Vain…remember Ian Estwick is Mia Mottley’s cousin !

    Another glaring example of the NEPOTISM & CRONYISM that is a prominent feature of this inept BLP administration !

    Now to that political mule (Royalrumble )…..why should any rational Barbadian voter FURTHER entrust the reigns of government to this BLP administration after producing no AUDITED accounts for :

    * GEMS !
    * CBC !
    * UDC !
    * WARRENS BUILDING !
    * GREENLAND !
    * ST. LEONARD’S SCHOOL !

    And the list can go on and on like the energiser BUNNY !

    Since you believe that Owen Arthur and his thugs ( you included ) are doing a fine job….why does the Auditor General Report for the past several years have highlighted the SCANDAL associated with these projects ?

    May I remind you, it was NOT the DLP government that started and managed these projects !

    If a BLINKING set of crooks like you in the BLP cannot account for these projects……why wunnah asking we for 5 more years ?

    To TIEF more …….?

  41. irene sandiford-garner

    BFP-
    Just read previous contributions. I am in dialogue with law enforcement. You have my IP address. You do not have to reveal yourself to me. Not necessary. Send me the info you have. We have persons in place to follow up. Understand that I must deal with this. It is my life, and my family’s safety at stake; no-one else can understand unless it happens to them. I am still incredulous re the level of lunacy being exhibited in the actions and now the writings.

  42. Just Waiting

    Can I send you my info too irene 😉

  43. littleboy

    RR
    My neighbour always referred to people like you this way; “doan mind de idiot he want noticing”.
    Can you ever come to this site and post anything without being obnoxious?
    Do you realize that Stoute complained about the Jackie Opel auditorium when Clyde Mascoll (his representative) was president of the DLP?
    Do you also realize that the Teen Talent show has since returned and also the best attended calypso tent ( Bacchanal Time) has always used that venue?
    The DLP is not a wealthy party, money-wise, but they have always looked after the interest of Barbadians-not their own pockets.
    Tek da!!!

  44. The Queen Elizabeth Hospital continues to be intractably and abysmally mired in the deepest of image, managerial, resources-procurement, financial and other problems. With the BLP being at the helm of government since 1994, these problems have certainly got worse and worse. However, what is certainly NOT good news for the people of Barbados is that there appears to be NO ready made solutions to many of these problems.

    We in the People’s Democratic Congress remember the times when Mr. Owen Arthur was Opposition Leader in the early 1990s, and how he used to severely criticize the then management and operations at the QEH. and, too, how he used to give the wrong impression that the opposition BLP had the solutions to many of these problems. We even remember him trying to establish (very misleadingly and erroneously though) a linkage between the funding that the St. Joseph Hospital had then been receiving from central government and the unsatisfactory manner in which the QEH was being managed, esp. financially. He had falsely argued how funding the St. Joseph Hospital was preventing the QEH from getting greater and much more needed financing and that such a lack of financing was causing so many problems at the QEH. History will certainly show that in the General Election campaign of 1994, Mr. Arthur told voters that a newly elected BLP Government would close the St. Joseph Hospital so that, among other things, greater attention, money and resources would be able to go the QEH. So the BLP won the election, and the St. Joseph Hospital was closed!!

    But such an act did NOT stop the problems at the Martindale’s Road institution from continually mounting up at a rapid rate. For, by 1996, and within such a relatively short space of time, many of these problems had gotten so unbearable and destabilizing that it was thought by many Barbadians that these said probems were severely compromising the integrity and functioning of the institution. By this time also there was extreme public outrage, bewilderment, and ridicule at the way how the affairs of the hospital were being managed. So damaging to the public sensibilities was the gross mismanagement at this insitution that the Prime Minister was reported in the media of the time as suggesting that the top executives had to be made accountable for the severe breakdown in the operations at the hospital. And, yes, he did succeed in getting the Public Service Commission to terminate the services of about three top executives at the hospital on the risky assumption that the management of the hospital and the delivery of health care/services would have got better and more efficient once they were gone.

    But far from the management and delivery of health care/services at this institution becoming better and more efficient, the relevant facts would reveal that since the decapitation of those heads many states of affairs at the QEH have reached near catastrophic and deathly frightening proportions, with some time earlier up this year there having been newspaper reports of some patients needlessly dying at the QEH while awaiting treatment; of a new born twin having been incinerated, apparently negligently, and a newpaper report of a young pregnant lady having to urinate in a juice box in her ward after having her pleas to go to the bathroom being disrespected by a member or members of the nursing staff on the ward; these tradegies and more, notwithstanding the fact that, since the coming into office of this BLP Government, there have been three Ministers of Health, including the present one who has had the privilege of being the first doctor that we know of to be Health Minister of Barbados, and the fact that these ministers would have been on the whole given bigger and bigger budget allocations, the following minister getting more than the one before;the fact of the establishment of the Haynes Commission that looked into the hospital operations; and the establisment of a board to manage the hospital – in as much as all of these persons committing themselves in their different functions to the better management and direction of what is the island’s premier health care institution.

    Nevertheless, it must be a very deplorable circumstance when this wretched BLP Government could be ever so often making the people of Barbados falsely misbelieve that many of the problems at the QEH can be so fairly expiditiously resolved by doing the above things and more, when in truth and in fact the hospital is NOT substantially the problem, but that what are the REAL substantial problems faced at the hospital are those troubling and disastrous situations that happen to be played out in the said hospital and its environment, and which themselves are mainly caused by the entire health and other systems, and, by extension, the population of Barbados being ever so dependent on this sole acute care hospital for medical relief, research and planning, etc. Surely, A PDC Government shall establish a government-run, efficient small sized hospital in the North, and another possibly in the parish of St. Philip, to among other things take the excessive burden off the QEH, and whereupon such would be among other initiatives for the rehabilitation and further development of the health system in Barbados.

  45. Wishing in Vain(c)(R)

    Dude, you need to copyright or Register the name!

  46. littleboy

    PDC (punch de creme) was an alcoholic drink produced some years ago by a place in St Peter.
    Fetes were held there on weekends.
    Owen Arthur once had a campaign house there.
    Seems like People’s Democratic Congress (PDC) got some of their leftover stock!That may be an explanation for the long posts.

  47. Anonymous

    This whole hospital scenario is quite sickening and someone needs to be held accountable, The Deputy Chairman accuses staff of stealing yet he sat on a board which recruited nurses from around the world. 1 of whom has died with AIDS another who is in hospiatl languishing with the same disease and 3 who are pregnant and on maternity leave. The sickening part in this whole scenario is that the NUPW is fully aware of this and not a word Tax payers money gone to waste.

    We complain of a nursing shortage yet we have 90 graduate nurses who have not received their stipends since July no one is saying anything on the issue yet they are expected to turn up everyday for clinicals in order to do the Registered Nurses Exam in October this is so unfair

  48. Rumplestilskin

    How about this as a ‘weather advisory’.

    Hurricane ‘Election’:

    Hurricane ‘Election’ is travelling westward at a speed which will deliver it to Barbados very shortly.

    Winds at 155mph, with higher gusts. Northern Parishes such as St.Peter to be especially affected, although the hurricane will have vast impact throughout Barbados.

    Finalisation of contracts to party faithfuls to be rushed to completion, before landfall.

    Distributions of small ‘commodities’ such as corned beef and biscuits to be urgently implemented.

    Populace to be kept in the ‘dark’ until the last moment.

    Hurricane ‘Election’ is expected to cause widespread change and disruption to party plans and political connections.

  49. Fred

    My advice to anyone here is try not to get sick and have to be admitted to the QEH.
    I relate a story as I saw unfold in front of me today, I received a call today that a friend was on their way to the hospital with a suspected heart attack, so I went to the hospital to find this friend and their family in the waiting room awaiting attention when I asked them if they had spoken to the person at the desk and told that person the person was suffering from a suspected heart attack they told me that they did do so and was told that he had to wait, I pushed them to approach the desk again after the second attempt, the person was then taken aside and their blood pressure, temperature and ID, produced and checked, all the while this person is suffering the effects of the heart attack.
    Now clearly stated on the wall there, that the priority list in number 1 position was heart attack victims !!!!
    But in this instance instead of getting express treatment in the treatment room this person was forced to sit outside and go thru hell while waiting at the waiting room in A and E at the QEH then to be questioned for a long time before having to walk himself to the treatment room no wheel chair no stretcher a sick person suffering a heart attack walking to his treatment room.
    This hospital needs urgent and important care add to that both the board and the minister resposible needs firing now.