UPDATED: February 9, 2008
An anonymous reader sent the following in response to questions raised in our original story…
A. The machines were brought in by Brydens, who are the agents for Baxter.
I do not know if Philip was associated with Brydens at that time.
B. Philip got advice from PAHO not to purchase the Baxter machines, but he rejected it.
C. Dr Estwick can easily review the files and read the advice if is is really interested in making sure it does not happen again.
D. Dr Estwick can also try in vain to find any good reason why Philip ignored the technical advice.
E. If Philip rejected technical advice, then he assumes liability for any decision he made. Why would he do such a stupid thing?
F. Many suffered because of his decision.
G. I do not know how many died, but Dr Estwick can ask any nurse or doctor on that ward if he really wants to know.
Let justice be done!
Original Story As First Published…
We hadn’t heard much about this issue, but one of our readers sent us the following article, which we print here without any changes…
If the DLP are interested in dealing with corruption, then let’s start with this.
Fact and public knowledge – Philip Goddard was the Minister of Health
Fact and public knowledge – Philip Goddard received advice from QEH and from PAHO not to purchase the known faulty Baxter dialysis machines.
Fact and public knowledge – Philip Goddard ignored the technocrats’ advice, without explanation, and unilaterally selected the Baxter machines.
Fact and public knowledge – The Baxter machines broke down within one year as expected.
Question: Was Philip Goddard’s family business given the lucrative contract to bring in the Baxter machines?
Question: Was Philip Goddard’s family business given the contract to maintain the machines?
Question: Was it in Philip Goddard’s personal financial interest to make sure that the dialysis machines were the most expensive to purchase and maintain?
Question: Was Philip Goddard’s financial interests not in conflict with what should be the Minister of Health’s interest?
If Philip Goddard’s family business was responsible for bring in the Baxter machines, then:-
1. Philip Goddard’s family business should pay back the all money paid to them.
2. Philip Goddard should pay the medical bills or funeral bills of all of those who suffered and died because of his decision to choose the Baxter machines.
Let justice be done.
Comment by Barbados Free Press
At the heart of this article is the question of Conflicts of Interest. IF Health Minister Goddard’s family business had anything to do with the dialysis machines, it puts him in a serious and indisputable conflict of interest. When patient deaths are brought into the story, it raises Mr. Goddard’s responsibility to a new level.
Prime Minister Thompson… If Mr. Goddard’s family business had anything to do with the dialysis machines, this is only one of a hundred unethical situations that occurred under the previous BLP government.
Mr. Prime Minister: Whatcha Gonna Do ‘Bout All This?
CNN Health: Dialysis Product May Be Behind Patient Deaths
Baxter Dialysis Equipment: Baxter Website
New York Times Article via Wisconsin Government: Baxter Finds Possible Link In 53 Deaths