Your Daily Dose Of Stories That Would Cause Heads To Roll In Most Other Countries…

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UPDATED: QEH Radioactive Iodine Shortage

Various apologists for the Queen Elizabeth Hospital have stated that the supply problems with radioactive iodine at the hospital are due to a world-wide shortage, however this is not what is being said by the hospital itself. Here is what the Nation News says..

One family told the SUNDAY SUN that they were told by their doctor that the QEH was unable to pay the suppliers and this had caused the delay. A doctor who spoke to this newspaper on condition of anonymity repeated this charge.

Short supply

In its statement, however, the QEH neither confirmed nor denied that this was the problem. It said “technical difficulties experienced at the institution recently resulted in a short supply of radioactive iodine from our suppliers. The QEH is pleased to inform that these technicalities have now been resolved”. 

In other words, the “short supply” from the suppliers was the RESULT of “technical difficulties” at the hospital. The newspaper article then goes into a typical convoluted explanation that boils down to this: THE SUPPLIER WASN’T PAID.

Further, the “worldwide shortage” of isotopes was a four week event back in November and December – and there was never a cessation of supply. In hindsight, the Canadian suppliers even dispute the word “shortage” as the South Africans immediately stepped in to fill the gap. (reference here and here)

Perhaps the Queen Elizabeth Hospital would care to address this in a more transparent manner instead of the usual double-speak.

Just remember this folks… This is Barbados, so no person is at fault for anything.

Original Article As Published… 

Those of us who have lived and worked abroad for even a short time return to this island with a sense of bewilderment at the nonsense that we Bajans put up with from the people who are supposed to be running our government and civil service.

We sit there and take it for years without really questioning the reasons that things are so fouled up – as if we expect things to be no other way.

Let’s take a trip through the news today and see what we can see…

1/ Cancer patients have been unable to receive radioactive treatment for months at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital because the place didn’t have the money to purchase the needed supplies. Or… because some airplane didn’t come because monkeys were playing with shotguns. Take your pick of the excuses offered by the QEH in the newspaper article here.

Fact: You can put a box on an airplane anywhere in the world and have it delivered the next day to anywhere else in the world. It is done millions of times a day.

So don’t give us some BULLSH*T that folks have been waiting four months for cancer treatment because of some problem with an airplane.

People will probably die needlessly because of this outrage, but the best Barbados can manage is a newspaper article four months after the nonsense started – saying in typical Bajan fashion that no one is really to blame.

Nobody to blame? BULLSH*T! Somebody should fired… and we should start with the Hospital Board of Directors…

But that brings us to our #2 most ridiculous story of the day…

2/ Owen Arthur Says Hospital Board Of Directors Should Not Be Fired!

Yes, folks, the former Prime Minister says that the government shouldn’t change how the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is run! Here’s the article here.

Sure, Owen… let’s leave things the way they are. After all, the QEH is just fine… Like Billie Miller said, “De place is so clean you can eat off de floors.”

3/ Former Attorney General Dale Marshall Says The Government Doesn’t Run Things ‘Bout Hey – And The Water Situation Was Fouled Up By The BWA Technical Officers

I am continually amused by members of the Opposition who have the foolishness to stand up and offer advice or criticism to the current DLP Government. A few weeks ago interim co-leader of the Opposition, Mia Mottley, actually criticized Prime Minister Thompson for taking a private jet ride as a gift. Ha! Mia didn’t say it too loudly though because she knows that she and her previous government can’t exactly boast about their integrity.

Today we have former Attorney General Dale Marshall informing the Government that the country has water supply problems – doan ya know? (newspaper article here)

This is the same Dale Marshall who forgot to pass a law declaring the new prison as an official prison… so the transfer of prisoners to the facility had to be put off for a month! (See BFP’s article: New Prison Can’t Be Used Yet – Because Government Didn’t Pass Required Law)

Further, Barbados still has water problems after 14 years of BLP Government because, according to Mr. Marshall… “…the bald truth is that even now the solutions that have been implemented by the technical officers at the BWA have not been entirely satisfactory.”

Gosh… why didn’t we hear about “the bald truth” when Dale Marshall was a Cabinet Minister in the last government? !!!

But then, Marshall goes on to say that the current government will rely upon the same technical people for engineering and strategies. Yup… the same folks who fouled things up under the BLP. And, according to Marshall, there’s nothing to be done!

Well Mr. Marshall… you know we had a HELL OF A CRICKET PARTY on this island. Tourism even dropped during the year!!! Nobody came, we had to give away thousands of free tickets and it probably cost the people of Barbados half a billion dollars or so… but the BLP Government gave a HELL OF A CRICKET PARTY!

What do you think we would have been able to do with a half a billion dollars directed to the vital infrastructure of Barbados, Mr. Marshall? Do you think that would have helped the hospital? The water situation? The cancer victims?

While you were cavorting with the corrupt VECO executives and blowing a hundred million dollars over budget on your prison, old ladies continue to haul water in buckets like their slave ancestors long before them.

Mr. Marshall, Ms. Mottley & Members of the Opposition: You have zero credibility and you know it. SO SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP.

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39 responses to “Your Daily Dose Of Stories That Would Cause Heads To Roll In Most Other Countries…

  1. Hants

    The National Research Reactor (NRU), which makes more than two-thirds of global supply of the radioisotopes used in cancer tests, was shut down in November for technical reasons, quickly triggering shortages.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/governmentFilingsNews/idUSN1636775820071216

    In spearheading the restart, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper criticized Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission boss Linda Keen for not allowing the reactor to restart earlier this month because of what she said were safety concerns.

    What does that tells us BFP?

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    BFP says,

    I don’t know… what does that tell us? Were other countries shut down from cancer treatments for five months? No!

    The “shortage” was a four week event back in November and December. See our update that confirms the hospital’s statement that the “worldwide shortage” has nothing to do with the current situation.

  2. Tell me Why

    Fact: You can put a box on an airplane anywhere in the world and have it delivered the next day to anywhere else in the world. It is done millions of times a day.
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    That is true BFP, but if you can’t get the products, the box would arrive empty. After seeing the article, I was questioning the authenticity of the report and I ask myself. Was the Minister aware of this problem? How come the public, especially families with love ones who have cancer were kept in the dark until today.

    Hants, that was an enlightening article from Canada. Remember, we are only a purchaser.

  3. Bush tea

    ..my, my ain’t we in an acid mood today BFP?

    …but of course you are dead right. Barbados is the world Capital of mediocrity. Even worse, we all like it just so – because we are all guilty in our own little corners.

    This is the only place in the world where no one is ever responsible for anything that goes wrong, no one ever fired for foolishness, nothing changed, no plans for a different approach. NOTHING!!!
    .. and when some things do occasionally go right- we give knighthoods.

    You talk about integrity legislation, but you see Bush tea? I am looking to see how the current lot responds to the “now coming to light” criminal behaviors of the last administration. If they simple brush these aside having achieved their goal of being elected….then this will say all I need to hear.

    I am already amazed at the willingness to continue to listen to the same lackey civil servants that executed the crimes under the last administration. They even have the new ministers sounding as lame as the last lot.

    Does anyone understand the need for DRASTIC CHANGE?

    Has anything changed at water works in the last 30 years? Is the leakage still near 40%? are the reservoirs still open to the public?

    ….well we can just sit back and wait… It won’t be long before circumstances catch up on us.

    Thanks for your rant this morning…I thought it was only me…

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    BFP says,

    And thank you, Bush Tea.

    We’re seriously considering a new political party and an international campaign to expose the system of corruption that has held our people down all these years. We say “massa day done” but all we did was to install new massas.

  4. Bimbro

    BFP says,

    BULLSH*T

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    BFP, I could never have guessed what that word was!

    Lord! 🙂

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    BFP says,

    And thank you, Bush Tea.

    We’re seriously considering a new political party and an international campaign to expose the system of corruption that has held our people down all these years. We say “massa day done” but all we did was to install new massas.

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    I agree that there does appear to be a general, malaise which permeates Barbadian society and I assume, other west indian societies. Yet, I hear of ambitions to be a ‘first world country’! It won’t be achieved by such lethargy.

    I support BFP’s ambition to found a new party with sensible people with an urgent sense of thinking! Bim is long overdue, it! The question is, however, would it get anywhere?

  5. XYZ

    Yes Form your new party it should be called the association of corrupt/biased Bloggers

  6. Hants

    BFP says,

    I don’t know… what does that tell us? Were other countries shut down from cancer treatments for five months?

    Sorry to disappoint you BFP but it does happen and I am not saying that because I am a DLP supporter.

    BFP I have refrained from comparing Barbados too much with Canada and I will leave to others to add to these types of discussion.However may I add.

    Fact. In Toronto Ontario some neighbourhoods have no available family doctors and you have to search online and go and find one. How do I know this?
    Because I Hants wanted to get a family doctor closer to home and none were taking patients.
    I live less than a mile from a hospital but have to drive 17.1 miles each way to see my family doctor.

    For some procedures Elite athletes jump the queue and get treated while ordinary people wait 11.4 weeks for an MRI.Some Canadians travel to the US because of “wait times” even though we have one of the best Health care systems in the world.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20061121.wwaittimes21/BNStory/cancer/home

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    BFP says,

    But specifically, was Canada without radiation treatments for 5 months?

  7. Hants

    CTV.ca News Staff

    Thousands of patients in Canada and around the world are having their medical tests postponed because an Ontario nuclear reactor that produces radioisotopes has been temporarily shut down.

    “This one gap in service has provided a nationwide, if not global, shortage of an essential medical diagnostic product. We shouldn’t be in this position,” Dr. Sandor Demeter of the Canadian Nuclear Medical Society told CTV News.

    Prehaps BFP, the minister is as much of an Idiot as the rest of the Idiots in Canada and around the world.

    Can I now beg you to show your “strength of character” BFP and remove this article because it is without merit.

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    BFP says,

    See our note above and the update in the article Hants. The article certainly does have merit and you sir are making excuses for the hospital that even the hospital is not making.

    You have introduced an entirely new factor into the story that was never claimed by the hospital. The “shortage” was only a four week event in November and December that has nothing to do with the current situation.

  8. reality check

    Hants

    while Canada may be having some problems in delivering some radioactive isotopes for cancer treatment, please do not start to compare the medical system in Barbados to Canada.

    While like everything else, Canadas medical system needs constant vigilance and upgrading.

    Barbados medical system, however, has been sorely neglected and fallen into a disastrous state of disrepair and abuse. The shallow priorities of the last government for bling bling and glitz ( ie cricket ) was to get power on a feel good basis.

    Meanwhile, the critical issues that define a civilized society such as health and education were flushed down the toilet for a relection gambit that didn’t work.

    The particular issue may be moot but the direction and thrust is fully meritorius. Keep it up BFP!!!

  9. Technician

    Reality check says…..’The particular issue may be moot but the direction and thrust is fully meritorius. Keep it up BFP!!!
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    If by our own admission it is moot, don’t you think Hants is right in asking for it to be taken down?
    We all know the QEH is in a mess but to take this issue and run with it without the proper research was infantile at best. Any discussion following this post will always be moot also.

  10. PiedPiper

    BFP, if you want to maintain any credibilty as a blog that informs, educates and stirs controversy, you should stop with the “National Enquirer” type headlines and also, research your subject thoroughly.

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    BFP says,

    Please see our update at the top PiedPiper and you will see the that QEH is not claiming that the “worldwide shortage” had anything to do with this – and for good reason. The shortage dug up by Hants is a red herring and was a four week event back in November and December that has nothing to do with the current situation.

    So… perhaps YOU and Hants had better do some additional research.

  11. 2 Cents

    What about everybody’s friend and BLP lapdog Al Gilkes calling on the new government to finish Sherbourne Conference Centre. The nerve of this man. The PRO (poor quality I might add) for every major government department as well as shakers and movers like, Sandy Lane, Sol, Simpson Motors, Barbados Turf Club etc. etc.

    Why did you not ask Owne to finished while your werehelping to sellout Barbados, and use your positions at the NCF etc for personal gain!

  12. me

    We’re seriously considering a new political party and an international campaign to expose the system of corruption that has held our people down all these years. We say “massa day done” but all we did was to install new massas.

    Cant’t imagine how that new party would survive or do anything if you, BFP, are to be the news source backing it. Such Infantile and silly writing achieves nothing other than making the traditional media look very professional.

    FYI there are many people in the USA that cant get medications because they have no insurance… they are many people in the UK that have to wait along time to see a dentist…. there are people all over the world that have difficulty accessing medical treatment. I think for a 2×4 country with limited resources and free medical services we are doing quite well expect for the “edumacated ” ones like you that have unrealistic expectations!

  13. Technician

    …………we are doing quite well expect for the “edumacated ” ones like you that have unrealistic expectations!

    RLMAO…………that was good ME.

  14. John

    … guess everyboby is ignoring the water story.

    Radioisotopes are too sexy.

    The water isues are the result in faulty strategic thinking, way above the BWA.

    Goes back to the Physical Development Plan.

    Wonder when the new governmant will twig to this potential disaster in waiting?

  15. Tell me Why

    This is a clear case where BFP, wh are known to criticise the media for the delays in running stories, now find themselves in the same predicament running a story from the same media that is flawed with inaccuracies and agreed that if you start an article wrong, you will get a supply of wrong information.

    Here’s a scenario regarding running a government and being in the opposition.

    When a party loose an election, it can sit back and see the things that it should have accomplished. It will be able to see how the same civil servants who were procrastinating and refused to do work are all of a sudden, working hard and getting results.

    The party who was in opposition and who are now running the government, now finds itself doing the same things of the former government and now realise that it is easier to criticise than being innovative and in the driver’s seat.

    I say that to show you the present opposition will be sharper in criticising because the mistakes made by them are much easier to see from the opposition’s benches.

  16. Hants

    BFP says,

    But specifically, was Canada without radiation treatments for 5 months?

    I am surprised that you asked that question.You can also research it yourself.

    The DLP came to power on January 15th 2008 which is about 2 and a half months ago

    Also, do you really think that Canada would make sure Barbados is taken care of before its own people,the USA and other G8 countries.Possible but not likely.

    Just be thankful that Barbados is still a great little Island in spite of its irrelevance on the First world stage.

    I too am upset that Cancer patients had to suffer but that was because of an error in judgement by someone in CANADA who decided that the safety relating to a Reactor was paramount.

    Canada is a great country to live in but we have our problems too.

    Like a couple years ago when Ambulances in Toronto were on “redirect” and an Ambulance was forced to drive pass several Hospitals with a 14 year old having an athsma attack.

    They reached an Emergency room after 40 minutes driving but the boy died.

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    BFP says,

    Do a little more research Hants. The “shortage” was a four week event and is even disputed now. Further the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is not claiming that the “worldwide shortage” is what caused the problem at the hospital. Read what the hospital says again, Hants.

    Then… take it all back and apologize for your introducing an excuse for the hospital when even the hospital isn’t claiming that was the situation.

    You have done everyone here a disservice by your spin-doctoring of the facts.

  17. Wishing in Vain

    Just maybe Mr Thompson should consider a snap election in 4 weeks time and in so doing it may well put mottley, arthur and the rest of them out their misery and eliminate the rest of them and avoid and save us from the rubbish coming from their mouths !!!!!

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    BFP says,

    Nah… I wouldn’t want Thompson to have to tell lies twice in one year about his plan to immediately adopt a Ministerial Code upon forming a government.

  18. Tell me Why

    Why should Hants apologise for the Nation’s big goof and your copying the same story.

    In an effort to conceptualise your story, you missed the fundamental part where the Nation quoted a doctor saying “that the QEH was unable to pay for the suppliers and this had caused the shortage. The QEH never confirmed or denied the question of payment. The present or past Minister of Health never made any statement.

    Should we jump to the conclusion that this could have been a mischievous act by this ‘so called anonymous doctor’?

    Based on the Nation’s article, the QEH board only spoke on authority on the (a) technical difficulties were based for the shortage, it spoke of a carrier which stopped delivery of supplies, and (b) that a shipment was due later this week.

    Now BFP, that is the proof which Hants based his argument for the withdrawal of this article, and I fully agree with him.

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    BFP says…

    Now you’re saying that the Nation article is incorrect? That the technical difficulties were not at the hospital as the article said?

    And that two doctors who report payment problems are incorrect?

    Well… maybe the Queen Elizabeth Hospital could clarify all this.

    But… they never denied the payment story, did they?

    Why do you think that is?

  19. Hants

    BFP are you now telling me that the Canadian Government lied to us its citizens about this Reactor problem and that it was really a staged play involving the Prime Minister,parliament and this lady who tried to defend the imaginary problem and this was all just beyond my imagination?

    You want me to research an event that was on CBC,CTV,CityTV and BNN for several nights?

    I have always been truthful on this blog and the only discretion I have comitted is consistently support the DLP and BFP and “politicaly” attack the BLP.

    I chose not to allow this story be distorted by introducing FACTS that MAY HAVE affected what happened at QEH.

    I will not waste any more time on this issue. Hopefully other Bajan Canadian contributors can come and prove me a liar.

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    BFP says,

    So why didn’t the Queen Elizabeth Hospital deny that payments were at the heart of the problem if money had nothing to do with it?

    “No comment” normally says everything, but folks seem to be disregarding this aspect of the story.

  20. Donald Duck, Esq

    I am aware of Bajans in Canada not being able to access the iodine because the plant was shut in late nov and early dec. Bajans who travelled to Canada in dec for the iodine could not get it.

  21. Donald Duck, Esq

    The following is an extract from the house of assembly debates in Canada (early Dec) over the shut down of the nuclear reactor that produced the radioactive isotope

    [Table of Contents]

    Mrs. Cheryl Gallant (Renfrew—Nipissing—Pembroke, CPC):
    Mr. Speaker, in my riding the nuclear reactor at Chalk River laboratories went into shutdown two weeks ago for scheduled repairs. This resulted in a cross-country shortage of radioisotopes and medical tests being cancelled.

    Now we have learned that during the reactor’s maintenance check, regulators found more problems to repair than expected. This means that the reactor will not be operating at full capacity for another 10 days.

    Can the Minister of Health tell us what the government is doing on this urgent situation?

    [Table of Contents]

  22. Tell me Why

    If I was the Minister of Health, I would do less talking and concentrate on performances. The same staff who might be feeding you all the ills of the former government, will eventually, especially if you have reneged on a promise, will be the same thorn that will exposed your mistakes to the media and your opponents.

    Remember, your staff comprises DLP and BLP loyalists along with ‘once-the-price-is-right’ back biters. You are warned.

  23. Bimbro

    BFP says,

    Nah… I wouldn’t want Thompson to have to tell lies twice in one year about his plan to immediately adopt a Ministerial Code upon forming a government.

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    That’s a naughty, one BFP! 🙂

    I salute every effort by BFP to bring a sense of greater urgency and efficency to every aspect of Bajan life and if they get one or two minor facts, wrong, along the way, then it’s a price worth paying for the long-run benefit!

  24. liz

    “Mr. Marshall, Ms. Mottley & Members of the Opposition: You have zero credibility and you know it. SO SIT DOWN AND SHUT UP. ”
    So what is the opposition for exactly?
    Or do we now want a one -party state?

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    Hi Liz

    The opposition is very necessary – our point is that the BLP in Opposition with their current people have no credibility. They cannot ask the tough questions because they would be seen to be meking sport of themselves!

    In truth we said that the DLP was ineffective in opposition although for other reasons.

    That is why a new party is needed, founded upon and dedicated to integrity in public life.

  25. John

    …. and then there is the water issue!!

    The same Economic and Social Report the MP’s on both sides brandish in Parliament to show how well or how badly things are going has contained the information for years.

    All of them have ignored it.

    The BWA fights the war on a tactical level. A screw up results in short term problems which can be overcome.

    Parliament fights the war on a strategic level. A screw up spells disaster.

  26. John

    BTW is the reactor in Canada the only source of Radio Isotopes in the whole wide world?

    Did the US experience problems too, and what about Britain, Japan, Germany, Hong Kong, or Australia?

    How long did the Canadian shortage last?

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    BFP says,

    That is the point, John. If you read the stories we referenced you will see that Canada is not the only source, that the others stepped in and also that the Canadian manufacturer of the isotopes had a spare supply channel from Europe up and rolling virtually immediately.

    The “shortage” such as it was in the medical industry lasted four weeks in November/December of 2007.

    And the Queen Elizabeth Hospital makes it quite clear in the story that this was not the cause of the problem in Barbados.

  27. ??

    I see WIV is back to this dirty tricks, is his suggestion that there should be a one party state.
    Get real WIV you may have “the powa” but that is only a temporary state

  28. Pat

    Contrary to what the press and the Harper spin doctors let out, there was NO shortage in Canada. One would think that the system operates on “a just-in-time basis”. Maybe in other manufacturing, but not this instance.

    It came to light during the Senate Comittee hearings, where evidence was given under oath, that the shortage was a fabrication so that Harper could fire Ms. Keen whom he did not like. Apparently, there was enough on hand to last several months and no shortage was experienced in Canada, neither by our major buyers, nor any of our buyers for that matter. In a shutdown, other producers will fill a void if one arises.

    It was all scare mongering to give him (Harper) an excuse to fire the lady. The Minister of Health came under fire at the Committee for misleading the public and creating panic in medical circles.

  29. John

    …. well well well!!

    Guess it is time our investigative journalists actually investigate.

  30. Hants

    Victoria hospitals are cancelling about 80 diagnostic tests next week due to a worldwide shortage of medical radioisotopes that detect everything from cancer to heart disease.

    In what members of the nuclear medicine community referred to as a “devastating” and “catastrophic” series of events, the Canadian supplier of more than 50% of the world’s marketed radioisotopes shut down its reactor in late November. The result was an immediate shortage of ^sup 99m^Tc generators that forced a scramble for alternative suppliers and drastic reductions in the numbers of nuclear imaging studies performed in North and South America and the Far East.

  31. Tell me Why

    Pat, you talk about spin? Your article comprise all types of spin.

    Your post states “Apparently, there was enough on hand to last several months and no shortage was experienced in Canada, neither by our major buyers, nor any of our buyers for that matter.”

    That is a case of untruth Pat. They weren’t enough supplies to keep Canada going before the re-start on December 20, 2007. Do you feel Canada would ship ‘cancer treatment’ to a third world country like Barbados before fulfilling its domestic obligations or supplying its larger buyers?

    BFP, based on information, the doctor who stated that supplies ran out four months ago, which meant that we could not get supplies which were due in December, 2007. Regardless of Bees or Dees, it would have been impossible to obtain this vital prescription until production was back at its peak. That mean the Nation’s article was premature and you lavished in it with the ultimate goal in embarrassing the QEH Board. But again, these government entities have a problem with communications.

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    BFP says,

    So what about the reports that payments to suppliers were not met? What about the fact that the article states that “technical problems” at the hospital were responsible for the non-delivery by the supplier?

    If you want to say that the Nation article, the doctors and the hospital are all wrong… well… go ahead!

    The meaning of the Nation article is clear. You parse the words in search of exoneration of the QEH, but you have to ignore the story as written.

    Bloody incredible and so typical of our country – a newspaper article is written, questions that any reporter would have asked go unanswered and avoided … and we the public are left to try and decipher the truth by flipping coins.

    Damn I am so tired of so-called professional journalism on this rock. Are there no reporters left on this island?

  32. John

    In today’s paper Owen has capped them all.

    Albert Brandford reports that Owen says there is a chance to get 9 million gallons of water per day from the West Coast Sewage project.

    However he was against a marine outfall because it would be a waste of of a potential resource!!!

    Seems to me the West Coast Sewage project was shelved to accommodate World Cup where it appears to me real resources were wasted!! This was the story back then.

    What an absolute clown. Greenland put us back a decade. Add the lack of tertiary treatment of waste water and one has to wonder what was the BLP doing in Government for the past 14 years.

    Here is the article
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    Chance to boost water supply

    Date March 25, 2008
    Brief Chance to boost water supply
    by Albert Brandford

    FORMER Prime Minister Owen Arthur says the proposed West Coast Sewage Project offers an opportunity to augment the water supply by converting the nine million gallons of untreated water dumped in the sea

    by ALBERT BRANDFORD

    FORMER PRIME MINISTER OWEN ARTHUR says the proposed West Coast Sewage Project offers an opportunity to augment the water supply by converting the nine million gallons of untreated water dumped in the sea daily from being a nuisance into an asset.

    “[The Barbados Labour Party Government] said we were not going to have a marine outfall for the West Coast Sewage Project,” he told the House of Assembly last Thursday, “but develop the plans so that we can take the waste water – but also retrofit the South Coast Sewage Project – and carry the waste water to one location and treat it to tertiary level so that we can use it for irrigation and augmentation of the aquifers.”

    Speaking during debate on Head 53 – the Ministry of Health, National Insurance and Social Security – Arthur said work had not been completed but he would not support building a new sewage system and putting the water out to sea “because I think that is a waste of a potential resource”.

    He said the reason there was not yet a West Coast Sewage Project was that his Government had stopped the project because of a question mark over the location of the marine outfall.

    The St Peter MP noted Barbados was one of the world’s water-scarce societies with a profile similar to that of Jordan, a country with a desertification problem.

    According to him, Barbados had also been consuming at least 95 per cent of its annual average water supply, and the rainfall had been diminishing.

    “It means that no matter what a Government may want to do,” he added, “you start with an objective situation of being a water-scarce society . . . .

    “We have reached the stage in this country where Town Planning permissions for water-intensive projects require water self-sufficiency as a condition. Hence, for example, Sandy Lane was only allowed to have an investment of the nature it has because they had to put in their own desalination plant.”

    Against the backdrop of the problem with the water supply, Arthur said, his Government had decided to build a desalination plant, and a wise Government would now accelerate such a programme to augment the water supply.

  33. Tell me Why

    If you want to say that the Nation article, the doctors and the hospital are all wrong… well… go ahead!
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    Not all are wrong, but the majority do have agendas.

    If these doctors were so concerned about the ‘fall from grace of the QEH’, which was primarily due by these same doctors who are now competing with the same QEH. The difference in this equation is the QEH is free, whilst the clinics operated by the these doctors are money before you depart – alive or dead. In other sphere of work, we will call it “a conflict of interest”. How would a car dealer feel if one of its employees spend time promoting the competition.

    Remember, there are two types of reporters. The “pro-active reporter” who operates at ground level, mixing with everyone and listens, someone who observes trends in a community and willing to unearth questionable statements. Someone who don’t sit at a desk all day gossiping.
    The other reporter is the ‘reactive reporter”. Someone who depends on a phone call, a fax, an email or simply, someone who reacts after something happens – a fire, an accident, a murder (just giving the deceased name, address etc).

    Get the picture BFP.

  34. Tell me Why

    The meaning of the Nation article is clear. You parse the words in search of exoneration of the QEH, but you have to ignore the story as written.
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    In journalism, an article can only be substantiated when you have reliable sources. The doctors who might have scream to the media, should have been aware of the problems in Canada and not try to influence the public stating it was ‘money related’. Even you should not have jumped on the ‘bandwagon’ without trying to follow the same mainline media who you are always criticising.

    Even now that you are in possession of the real facts, you are still trying to defend an article that wasn’t fully investigated. I must also conclude, that the hospital language of “no comment” was inappropriate and it leaves questions in the people’s mind. Even if the person who was contacted during this Easter period was not in position to give out details, that person could have referred the reporter to the correct source.

    Now if The Nation was unable to reach the real source, that paper could have add just the 4-day holiday to the already 4-months and bring a better concreted investigative report and BFP would not be following a poor conceptualised article. I rest my case.

  35. John

    Tell me Why
    March 25, 2008 at 2:27 pm

    “In journalism, an article can only be substantiated when you have reliable sources. ”
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Doctors like Lawyers are like gods.

    They like JPs, can sign and certify documents and have been doing so for years.

    People go to them just for a signature, not just to get healed.

    The whole education scene has as its pinnacle the medical and legal profession!!

    People aspire to these lofty heights, most never get there. Some children are given nervous breakdowns at school by parents who push them to succeed.

    Are you suggesting that they have now become unreliable and untrustworthy?

    The whole fabric of Barbados will unwind!!

    ….. Shocking, ….. scandalous!!

  36. liz

    Another political party – yes. But please do not shut up the opposition that is there – even if you think they like credibility. At least they can ask questions in parliament. We cannot.
    The new government is already beginning to lack credibility.
    NIS money to build houses? A cash rich entity?
    Is this why your babies will have to pay for your pension and you are paying for mine? Hey I paid for mine already.

  37. Tell me Why

    Are you suggesting that they have now become unreliable and untrustworthy?
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    John, stop speaking in parables and get to your point, since you are definitely going around in circles. My article based on reliability is stemmed from someone who have an agenda and the real facts will be clouded by deceit. That mean trustworthiness will be thrown to the wind.

    But again, you like you have talk for me.

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  39. 68

    It is true that some doctors have agendas, however i take issue with the fact that based on this point that the preceding point can be discredited. It is a fact that during the last few years ( seemingly coinciding with the BLPs reign) the hospital has had problems with supplies. Do not get me wrong this has always be the case however seemed to be at its worst, probably due to the chronic underfunding of the institution to the tune of more than 50 million dollars each year for their entire tenure.

    They are many specific cases where business places have refused to do investigations for the QEH or give supplies because they have not been paid. I take issue with the mention of doctors benefitting from the hospital and governments lack of money and personnel management. I would further say that these persons would not benefit to the extent that they do if government had the sense to install, maintain and utilize their equipment appropriately, and have enough equipment, personnel and resources needed to run them properly. They would only get money from the rich persons who for one reason or another do not wish to mix with the poor. Because the middle class would use the hospital rather than these private institutions.

    What BFP can do is investigate the suppliers who should have no qualms in telling them what monies are owed. Please note I am a doctor working at the institution however am not a consultant who alone; are allowed the privilege to have private offices. There is a gag order in the contract and therefore will not print my name.