Daily Archives: June 24, 2008

SHOCKING: Hospital Nurses In Barbados Allowed To Practice Without License Or Proper Training!

Unqualified Nurses Allowed To Work For As Long As Six Months!

That nurse who looked after you or your child at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital last week might have previously failed the General Nursing Examination.

The story of this outrageous abuse is carried in the Nation News article Nurses Must Go.

The Nigerian nurses were hired, brought to Barbados and allowed to work even though they were not qualified and could not pass the basic nursing exam.

Even after this expose, the National Union of Public Workers has the stupidity to insist that the recently fired unqualified nurses be paid for the entire two years of their contract.

As to the previous and current Ministers of Health… what do they say about this idiocy? What do the hospital Board of Directors have to say for themselves?

Apparently the professional “journalists” at the Nation News never thought to interview anybody in charge and ask some deep professional questions like, “Have you lost your mind?” or “What the hell were you thinking when you hired unqualified nurses to look after our children?”

What is it that our leaders don’t get about setting and maintaining standards for the public good?

One of the jobs of governments everywhere is to set and enforce standards that are in the public interest – especially in critical areas where mistakes can cause grave consequences.

We don’t let plumbers or carpenters or teachers wake up on Monday and decide that they now want to fly airliners or design office buildings on Tuesday!

But we allowed unqualified nurses to treat our sick and injured.

We’re there any “incidents” involving unqualified nurses? Were any patients injured?

Will somebody please tell me why the QEH Board of Directors shouldn’t be fired this minute?


Filed under Africa, Health, Nigeria

Land Values In Barbados – Government Giveth, and Government Taketh Away

Own Land In St Philip? Hey… Thats Too Bad!

If you own a house or land in St. Philip – you just lost a pile of money. Your equity was slashed and burned while you slept.

The Barbados Government announced it will push through rules that will restrict your ability to sell your real estate to foreigners. Bajans are concerned that the country is being sold to foreigners, so the government has decided that large areas of St. Philip will be reserved for Bajan ownership only.

No, it is not law yet – but the announcement of the government’s intent was all it took to devalue your home in St. Philip.

The effect of this is that yesterday you could sell your land to a foreigner for big bucks, but today you can only sell to Bajans – who have much less money to spend than foreigners.

We who live in Christ Church and St. Michael thank you St. Philip homeowners for helping out with the land shortage while allowing us to sell our land for even more money! Its all about supply and demand, and the supply of land available to be sold to foreigners was just reduced so I guess we can ask those Brits for even more money for our Christ Church building lots!

Prime Minister Says “Don’t Even Think About Suing The Government”

Why was this area in St. Philip chosen by the government for restricted real estate sales? Well… they could hardly choose the west coast, could they? Just think if all those multi-millionaires woke up one morning to find that they could only sell their mansions to Bajans. Whaloss!

While we have no special information on land ownership, we suspect that neither the Prime Minister nor Sir Charles Williams have real estate in the “restricted sale” area. If we’re wrong, we’d love to hear it as it would be proof that the political and business elites will be sharing the pain with the equity-robbed St. Philip land owners.

Perhaps one of our DLP insiders who regularly visit BFP can inform us which Members of Parliament own land in the restricted zone. We await this information with excited anticipation…

Apes Hill Building Lot Sales Doing Fine, Thanks!

Meanwhile, COW Williams has announced that he is making a killing at his Apes Hill project. With prime building lots going for upwards of 3.5 million dollars each (yikes!), he’s raking it in. Yes, Sir COW is bragging in the Nation News that he’s sold 150 lots from $400,000 to 3.5 million each.

Do the math. Now you can see why the Government of Barbados isn’t going declare Sir Cow’s project as “restricted sale to Bajans”.

Hmmmm…. I wonder how much money the DLP received from Sir Charles in the last year? Ah… strictly “campaign donations” of course.

What Development Plan?

A big part of the problem faced by Thompson and the DLP Government is that during 15 years of BLP government, major land permission changes were strictly an arbitrary decision by Prime Minister Owen Arthur. Sometimes bag men like David Shorey would purchase land from a farmer who had been unsuccessfully trying to have development approvals passed for a decade. Then the land would be flipped and permissions granted within days.

Only a coincidence, I’m sure!

So we Bajans are naturally wary about another seemingly arbitrary land decision by another Barbados government. Why St. Philip? Why not, for instance, St. Andrew and Apes Hill?

So let’s hear from the DLP… How many Members of Parliament own land in the proposed restricted sale area of St. Philip?

Don’t be shy, Mr. Prime Minister. Let us know the answer.

Further Reading

Nation News..

PM Ready For Legal Fight

Apes Hill lot sales exceed projections


Filed under Barbados, Offshore Investments, Politics, Real Estate