Back on March 23, 2008, Barbados Free Press took exception to the Nation News coverage of an important health story: the Queen Elizabeth Hospital had run out of radioactive iodine used to treat cancer patients… and that Barbados cancer patients had been without treatment for several months. (Nation News March 23, 2008)
Our story Your Daily Dose Of Stories That Would Cause Heads To Roll In Most Other Countries… highlighted that the Nation News reporters had failed to demand that the Queen Elizabeth Hospital account for their statement that “technical difficulties” at the hospital caused the QEH to run out of the iodine. Doctors interviewed by the paper said that pure and simple, the hospital had not paid the bills to the suppliers and, naturally, the supplies stopped coming.
The was no outrage in the Nation News coverage, no demands of the Minister of Health or individual hospital board members to account – and worst of all they let the position of the hospital stand that nobody was really at fault.
Dozens of cancer victims were denied medicine for months and in true Bajan fashion, the Nation News participates in the sham that no individual is at fault.
Now the Nation News continues with the cover-up and an idiotic statement by the hospital spokes person that it was just “a mix up”.
Months of no cancer treatment for citizens of Barbados. Will any deaths or long-term health complications result from this “mix-up”? The Nation News doesn’t care enough to ask that or any other probing questions.
No statement or investigation by the Minister of Health, and no reporters asking.
In the original Nation News story we were told that no medicine had been available for months. In the latest pablum, the paper says the problem lasted for “weeks” which is a LIE.
What really happened? What steps have been taken to ensure it never happens again? Who is at fault? Did any cancer patients die for lack of treatment? Will there be any long term deaths due to the “mix-up”?
A real newspaper with real journalists would be all over this story.
Welcome to Barbados.
April 6, 2008 – Nation News: QEH Patients Get Iodine After Mix-Up
March 23, 2008 – Nation News: Cancer Relief