Barbados Ambulance Won’t Come, So Passersby Call Newspaper Reporters – Then Ambulance Comes!

barbados-ambulance-scandalThis would be hilarious if people weren’t dying for lack of ambulance service on Barbados.

Diabetic man falls down on street and folks come to help. Ambulance is called and the passersby are told by the service: “We got no ambulance for you.”

Nothing happens for an hour and a half!!!

Then a passerby gets a bright idea and calls the newspaper. Daily Nation reporters headed for the scene call the ambulance and say “What happening here?” After the reporters arrive on the scene the ambulance pulls up and takes the man to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital!

Moral of the story…

If you need an ambulance in Barbados… call a newspaper reporter!

God, I love this island, but I hate the “island time” third world standards and attitudes that keep us down.

Read it and weep…

Nation News: Diabetic Man Waits Over Hour For Ambulance

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47 responses to “Barbados Ambulance Won’t Come, So Passersby Call Newspaper Reporters – Then Ambulance Comes!

  1. Stand Together!

    “God, I love this island, but I hate the “island time” third world standards and attitudes that keep us down.”

    Amen, brother. Amen!

  2. BajanGal

    I think you all need to get over the honeymoon now.

    How can you love something that is inherently vile?

  3. The Scout

    How many cases like this have you heard about? How many calls per day the ambulance service responds to? How many ambulances do they have? these are questions that should be considered before we start criticising.At some point in time things like this would happen, irrespective of how many ambulances there are. It also happens in First World countries. This is NOT Utopia. Non of us live in the PERFECT world. Yes it was unfortunate but realistic, GET REAL.

  4. cq8

    How many ambulances we have and what is the availability for the past month on a 24/7 basis would be an excellent question!

    Unfortunately we blew 200 million dollars plus on Cricket World Cup and another 300 million on decrepit hotels that are sitting empty.

    How many cases like this have I heard about? Dozens, probably hundreds if we include patients not being served at QEH.

    Not much more than a year ago one Olga Stewart died at the airport for lack of an ambulance. Strike that, Mrs. Stewart died in the back of a taxi that was trying to find a hospital because the ambulance never arrived at the airport.

    We could tell “Barbados ambulance never came” stories on the internet for days if everyone participated.

  5. Equilibrium

    Well maybe we can divest some of the million that will be made in increased fees or takings from the lottery winnings and get a few more ambulances…it is an unfortunate occurrence but sometimes we as bajans are quick to make critical analysisn of PAST similarities and disregard the submission of any credible solutions.

    More ambulances definitely, or maybe the Nation newspaper could divest some of parent company’s endless resources into another private ambulance service.

  6. The Scout

    cq8
    There is now an ambulance stationed at the airport and is seldom used. You are blasted if you do, you’re blasted if you don’t. Some-one would say that the ambulance at the airport is a waste of time but then the same thing can be said about the fire trucks. These are ALL necessary. The facts areno matter how many ambulances or fire trucks we have, there are time when there would be a delay and there are time when people can help themselves and stop relying on government.

  7. PiedPiper

    Scout, people such as your self who have such low expectations are rewarded appropriately. Those that are prepared to accept and make excuses for services and systems that don’t work in Barbados, keep the country and it’s people down and disadvantaged. The incidence of poor ambulance response times in other countries, which by the way has never been anywhere near 1 1/2 hours, is treated as a very serious matter with pretty unpleasant implications for all involved. Formal investigations with written statements as to what occurred and who did or didn’t do what and ultimately disciplinary action and possible job loss. In Barbados, people such as yourself shrug and accept that this is the way it is and absolutely nothing changes.

  8. I remember a few years back when the judges got those new 7 series BMWs, the hospital needed a new dialysis machine, more ambulances, gurneys etc. I know budgets are allocated for certain things, but it still doesnt make it look any better when we neglect absolute necessities. There was a guy in Sandy Lane who donated an ambulance to Barbados after his son died waiting for one. Lets hope it does not need to hit as close to home for the powers that be before they realise what needs to be done.

    ** Just as an aside, I don’t think the ambulance coming had anything to do with the papers being there, they got there when they could. I have no idea how many ambulances there are, but for a man in BANK HALL to wait for over an hour to get one? That is truly ridiculous.

  9. Kofi

    It is unfortunate that persons needing medical assistance have to go through this kind of stress before help is provided.

    But these kinds of problems should now be behind us with the change of government. Surely, if after a year in office this DLP Government can’t get a simple matter like routing the ambulance service at the Hospital right how are you going to put the more serious matters right?

    What is the problem at the QEH? We were told that it was the former BLP Government that was responsible for the bad management at the Hospital and we changed that a year ago.

    Could it be lack of funds? I think not because this Government is now fast tracking the establishment of constituency councils in which millions of dollars will be placed at the disposal of their lackeys to cement the DLP’s support in the communities.

    This Government has just given the elite club of the Turf Club over $19. million free. Every Minister has hit the treasury for a new car, Jaguar, Benz and the likes and not a cent paid in duty.

    Do you think Thompson saw this man lying on the ground from the air in Clico’s private jet? Will he be saying something about it during his party’s next celebratory public meeting of their first year in office?

  10. Straight talk

    Do we really need the Ambulances to be sited at the QEH?

    It may be more sensible for them to be stationed on the Highway , say at Haggatt Hall.

    This would cut island wide response times by eliminating the outbound fight through congested roads.

  11. Adrian Hinds

    Unbelievable that no one thought of giving this man a ride to the hospital. Clearly he was not suffering from any trauma i.e. broken bones skin etc that would necessitate caution and concern in moving him. Amazing what and how the entitlement and dependent culture has brought Barbadians to! Yes fix the Ambulance service, but more importantly deal with the epidemic obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases afflicting Barbadians, and our willingness to endanger our lives waiting for help from others, instead of helping ourselves. Of course if this story was highlighted just to embarrass a Barbados that is increasingly becoming free of the Planter-class and their offspring then is no point to my musings. Lol!

  12. Tony Hall

    “Unbelievable that no one thought of giving this man a ride to the hospital. Clearly he was not suffering from any trauma i.e. broken bones skin etc that would necessitate caution and concern in moving him.”

    Adrian,
    I was about to echo that point. Everybody talks about the ambulance not coming sooner but we are such a caring society that no one saw it fit to put the man in a car and take him to the QEH. I think that has a lot to do with Barbadians not being trained in what action to take in medical emergencies. More emphasis has to be placed on that because I guarantee it is going to happen again.

  13. J. Payne

    It is is shame that this is still the case in Barbados… Back in ’95 my grandmother passed away waiting on a ambulance. She told the neighbour’s son to run go get his mother because she felt like she was going to die… The boy’s mother ran and came next door and sat with my grandmother waiting on the ambulance… She called the ambulance as she sat with my grandmother… Then 3 hours later guess what finally showed up?

    Cheers to the ambulance service for another well done task.

    To Adrian Hinds: Yes if you have somebody that you care about even put them in a passing ZR. They’ll reach faster.

  14. yatinkiteasy

    Hi Scout..if it were you or your family, I`m sure you would find more than an hour wait for an Ambulance as ridiculous, and not explained as : “there are times when there would be a delay”
    Get real …Barbados Medical Emergency Services simply do not exist!

  15. Sargeant

    @PP

    The incidence of poor ambulance response times in other countries, which by the way has never been anywhere near 1 1/2 hours, is treated as a very serious matter with pretty unpleasant implications for all involved.
    **************************************************

    I don’t think you can equate the Ambulance service in Barbados to the service in other first world countries as I would venture to guess from the above quote you are not referring to other Caribbean islands. The other countries are rich in resources and assets plus there is an expected level of service and accountability that is unheard of in Barbados when it comes to service. Although there has been much progress in Barbados over the past years this is one area where it is firmly stuck in the Third World.

    This is from personal experience, you call and request an ambulance and the operator asks for your number so they can call back and verify that you did request the ambulance. You then have to provide them with directions to the residence. I can only assume that in the first instance they probably receive crank calls and they want to ensure that the call is legitimate, in the case of directions (and this may have changed), when the modern subdivisions were built there was no civic authority which determined the house numbers (again Third World). The number of the house is taken from the number of the lot; if your lot number was No.10 automatically your house number will be the same, that is why we have to provide descriptions to ambulance drivers e.g. “the cream house with the green roof” etc.

  16. PiedPiper

    Understood Sargeant but twas Scout that stated that this sort of thing also happens in First World countries and my response was to him.

  17. PiedPiper

    At one time, Barbados had the opportunity to purchase fully equipped, used ambulances from Toronto Emergency Medical Services along with training from three, Level 4, paramedics who were prepared to come down for several months. They would have been trained in the use of defibrillators, intubation, starting IVs and trauma management by some of the best paramedics in the world. Sadly, the offer was declined. I still don’t know why.

  18. dogbitemuh

    When are you guys going to realize that we aren’t first world. You travel to the bigger countries and you see the systems that are in place. Time for reality man. By the way, you think you got a black President, I hope you able to take the crap that he is about to bring. You people should do your research on people before jumping on the bandwagon.

  19. The Scout

    Adrian Hinds; Tony Hall
    I make that observation earlier and was criticised for mentioning that. It is not that bajans don’t know what to do but they have become very selfish, don’t want to put anyone in their vehical to dirty it up; no even to save a life. I remember driving up Broad St one day and saw a man in dis-stress. many vehicles passed him as he tried frantically in the center of the road to get some-one to stop. I had one of my workmen with me, I stopped and ask him the problem, while the vehicles behind me were blowing their horns. I put the man in my car and rushed him to the QEH where he fainted on arrival. The orderlies rushed him through for examination, he had a severe asthmatic attack. I knew the orderly guy who took him in, he told me sometime later that the guy was looking for me to thank me because had he not gotten there so quickly he would have been history. I never met him but I’m glad I helped save a life.

  20. barbados welcome to the big world,all the best in the carribbean and still you donot have a good hospital or an ambulance service for the people of barbados,but all that money on a worthless cricket field and the poor people in the island is surving

  21. The Scout

    orisha.com
    Do you travel? Do you live here? If you do travel, then you’re being unfair to Barbados. If you don’t travel. I beg you, start travelling and observe other countries, even some first world countries, then have your say.

  22. Tony Hall

    Scout,
    I agree with you 110% with your comments towards orisha.com

  23. Police Stationrathole

    Oshimon and the cricket field don’t belong to them , they thief it from the old lady. They must update their medical services,so many people would to come home but when they hear what is going on , they say nobo.

  24. Police Stationrathole

    Oshimon and the cricket field don’t belong to them , they thief it from the old lady. They must update their medical services,so many people would like to come home but when they hear what is going on , they say, nobo.

  25. J

    “They must update their medical services,so many people would like to come home but when they hear what is going on , they say, nobo.”

    They must update their medical services for you?

    Are you one of those over in away Bajans who never paid any taxes here and now that you are aging and in declining health you are looking to us to provide you with first rate medical facilities?

    How do you expect us to do this? Where is the money going to come from?

    When you were young and strong you chose not to come home perhaps because you did not want to pay up to 40% of your income in taxes.

    Barbados should stop importing old sick people even if they happen to have been born here 60 or more years ago.

    No pay.

    No play.

  26. Hants

    @ J

    You are aware of the following.

    Published on: 10/25/07.
    BAJANS ABROAD remain a significant source of foreign exchange for Barbados, remitting almost BDS$600 million to their birthplace last year alone.

    The “old sick people” have been contributing to the Barbados economy over the years and will bring back their life savings to spend in Barbados.

    I will leave it to your intellectual prowess to help you decide if your disingenuous comment reflects the views of intelligent Bajans at home.

  27. Thomas Gresham

    Dear Hants,

    There is a big difference between paying taxes in Barbados to help the government finance public services which you then call upon when you retire, and sending money home to your relatives. Your relatives do not pay taxes on this remittance.

    So, J is quite correct that it is a burden on the public sector if people work abroad and pay taxes abroad and then retire in Barbados hoping to benefit from public services which they have not contributed to.

    Now, you could make a case that the remittances support Barbadians, who perhaps as a result, rely less on public services themselves, but I wonder if those who receive remittances are the same people who would otherwise be a “burden” on the public sector.

    One way to address “J’s” conundrum would be to shift taxes away from income and towards consumption taxes and land taxes which would implicitly shift tax away from those who work here to those who are here, including tourists, visitors, immigrants, legal and otherwise, and returning retired nationals. However, this would not be politically popular. Yet it is worth considering: 0% income tax and double the land tax…….., perhaps that way we might even attract these returning nationals before they retire…..

  28. J

    Thanks for the support Thomas.

    For years I have wondered why our governments (both parties) have felt that it is a good deal to export healthy, young, productive (and increasingly well educated) people and import sick old people on fixed incomes.

    Perhaps our governments (both parties) should long since have negotiated agreements with those countries which have benefitted from the labour and taxes of our migrants, that at least the portion of those taxes paid into the British National Health Service and Canadian and other government plans such as The Ontario Health Insurance Service (OHIP), and those U.S. States which have tax funded systems should follow the migrants home.

    Or alternatively hospitals/doctors and other health care professionals in Barbados should be able to send the bills of “returning nationals” who live in Barbados to NHS, OHIP etc. after all Hants you paid when you were young and healthy so you should be able to claim reimbursments when old and sick regardless of where old age or sickness takes you.

    Migrants like yourself should lobby your current governments about this.

    Maybe Hants should lead the lobbying, after all it is HIS MONEY which he has paid into OHIP for so many years, then say he retires to Barbados, is he then really happy that not a cent of his tax money follows him “home” so that he can receive proper medical care in his old age. So what were all those OHIP premiums for Hants? If your health tax money is not being spent on you when you are old and sick then what were those payments all about?

    Everybody knows that the last 5 years of life are generally the most expensive years as far as health care is concerned.

    Sending money home to support your own children or elderly parents or to build a house for yourself while a good and honourable things to do, does nothing for public institutions such as the hospitals or the polyclinics, because in truth most of us pay less that $1,000 BDS per YEAR in property tax, but many of us pay more, much more than $1,000 per MONTH income tax.

    So as it is the health care of returning nationals is being heavily subsidized by the current generation of at-home working Barbadians.

    I have nothing against returning nationals, I have dozens of close relatives who are potential returning nationals, and YES I would like them to put in the (tax) pot if they expect to take out.

    Because truly what we are doing at present is NOT sustainable.

    Dear Thomas: Shifting taxes from incomes to consumption and real estate would certainly be popular with me.

  29. Sargeant

    I would say the vast majority of Barbadians who retire to Barbados come with their own pensions and retirement funds and are not a burden to the taxpayers. They spend their money on goods and services, they build homes, they employ people, these funds originating in other countries have a multiplier effect on the economy.

    Successive Barbadian political leaders are always in North America and Britain asking the overseas community to keep sending those remittances “to help the country”.

    J you should speak to some officials in the Ministry of Finance and I know a few, about the power of the remittances from overseas and their effect on the country.

    As to your remark about old people returning to die that is not worth commenting on but that is par for the course among some Bajans. One thing I found out in my travels, An American is always an American, a Trinidadian is always a Trini, an Englishman is always an Englishman and don’t talk about Jamaicans they are always welcome back in their country of birth but if you are born in Barbados and leave…..well that’s another matter.

    It is well known among the bajan retirees from the UK the animosity that some members of the Barbadian population holds for them; they make comments suggesting the majority of them are “mad”. J perhaps you should sit and talk with some of them about the struggles they encountered in the UK in order to send money for their extended families.

    One thing I now attitudes like yours will not stop me from returning when I’m ready

  30. J

    Sarge I am a returning national myself, although not yet too old to work and not at all sick. I count my blessings.

    I too for years have stood at busstops in tempertures as low as -40 celsius. I know the feeling or rather the numbness and lack of feeling.

    I know a good number of Ministry of Finance officials and central bankers.

    I understand the numbers.

    And because I understand the numbers my argument still stands.

    What we are doing at present is NOT sustainable.

    P.S. I know a number of returning nationals, and “no” I do not think that they are mad. Most that I have met are wonderful people.

    I however am mad at governments on both sides of the water who refuse to touch this hot potato.

  31. J

    Sarge wrote “As to your remark about old people returning to die…”

    I have nothing against old people dying. My parents and grandparents before me have died in old age. I too hope to die when I am old. Dying in old age is normal and natural and not a matter for deep mourning.

    It is not the death, but the expensive chronic illnesses of old age which put tremendous financial and human resource pressure on health care systems.

    The question is what can we do to ease these manpower and financial pressures.

    For example if tomorrow I were to require dialysis 3 times a week for 5 years (or high blood pressure medication for the next 20 years) , the NHS would not; indeed cannot provide me with those services, because I’ve never paid 1/2 cent of taxes in the U.K.

    But yet Barbados’ health service is currently expected to provide service for many people who have never paid any tax here (except for a little property tax), and is being criticised when it reels under the burden.

    What are your solutions?

  32. Sargeant

    @J

    For years I have wondered why our governments (both parties) have felt that it is a good deal to export healthy, young, productive (and increasingly well educated) people and import sick old people on fixed incomes
    **************************************************
    Government export? My wife’s uncle joined the British Army out of high school in 1960, there were no jobs and very little opportunity. Barbadians left for Britain in droves in the 50’s ;60’s and the early to mid 70’s. They worked for London Transport, or trained to become nurses. Mass migration to Canada and the USA started in the mid 60’s where many found jobs and/ or furthered their education. Some people wanted to return home but after they started families they didn’t want to disrupt them, those who returned often found themselves immigrating a second time because their children couldn’t adjust. The Barbados in the years of mass migration cannot be compared to the Barbados of today where most high school or University graduates can find work after graduation and the standard of living is close to first world levels.

    If the cost of medical care for retirees who returned from abroad is a burden to the Barbadian gov’t then the government is free to impose a residency qualification or a special tax for access to gov’t funded care e.g residence in Barbados for the past 5/ 10 years. One hopes that any gov’t that proposes to do that will not be as they say “cutting off their noses to spite their face”.

  33. Thomas Gresham

    Dear Sargent and Hants,

    Good morning to you from a lovely morning in Barbados. Crystal blue sky and cooling breeze. Let me avoid feeding the dog and washing the car by writing this note.

    Returning nationals are good for the country in a number of ways. They can bring skills and experiences home and they may spend money. The Indian economic renaissance in the 1990s was led by returning nationals from Silican Valley. The question J raises (I think) is not that we need to stop returning nationals or their benefit, but we need to properly consider the costs to the Barbadian tax payer.

    Returning nationals, like all residents use tax payer provided services whether they are rich or poor – we are not talking about welfare payments here (which are on a small scale anyway) but the street lights, roads and highways (we know how much these can cost) clinics and hospitals, police, etc, etc. A friend of mine, Professor Nick Barr of the LSE, did some work a few years ago which showed that it was the rich who benefited most from these services because they use the roads more and when they go to hospital or deal with the police they are better at negotiating better services than poor people.

    Moreover, it is important that to note that returning nationals tend to draw income from savings that they keep in the UK, Canada or elsewhere. This pot of savings is then being invested in economic activity abroad not at home. This is not a bad thing from the perspective of the returning national – he/she gets a wider selection of investment opportunities and is free from any exchange control issues, but it is not great from a Barbados point of view.

    The economic solution to this as I mentioned before is to raise taxes that reflect expenditure and savings such as an excise tax and an increased land tax. Returning nationals would then have an increased share of the tax burden – as would tourists, visitors and illegal immigrants who also use tax payer provided services. However, the landed classes would object to this strongly. Why, hotels, our flagship industry, even get land tax relief, which makes no economic sense, but makes political sense. (If our flagship industry doesn’t pay tax, who is supposed to?).

    Off to wash the car.

  34. Hants

    Reading the comments above will not change my plans for the future.

    I will still return to Barbados in a few years. I will continue working until bad health or death intervenes.

    Any taxation imposed on me in Barbados because I am old and sick is still better than spending winter in Canada.

    I was born in Barbados, lived and paid taxes in Barbados and will return to live and die in Barbados.

  35. Sargeant

    @TG

    I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying nice weather up here the sun is also shining and we are now getting our January thaw in February (LOL).

    Baby boomers everywhere are looking for warm climes to retire to; the Brits go to Spain and Portugal, the Americans go to Florida and Arizona but are now looking to Mexico because its cheaper there; the Canadians go to Florida but they too are now going to places like Costa Rica so what’s a poor Bajan like me supposed to do? Last year on the flight down I spoke with a Canadian who told me he came up to visit his children but was now returning “home” to Barbados.

    Are the multi millionaires who inhabit the West Coast paying their fare share of taxes?
    They were welcomed with open arms because they were injecting money into the country. Perhaps an economist can explain how that investment works beyond the initial flurry of home building and landscaping costs. Their footprint with their large mansions on the small island is significantly larger than the average Bajan retiree who returns, builds a modest home and lives on his pension and savings.

    This Bajan doesn’t mind paying his fair share of taxes but many people who retire there opt to return to London, New York or Toronto for treatment when faced with major ailments. For minor ailments they visit the closest medical clinic and pay the associated costs, those who visit the polyclinics/hospital are very much in the minority and who has time to wait all day anyway.

    Incidentally I have until Tuesday to decide whether I should also enjoy the clear blue skies by taking advantage of a cheap flight which is being offered through Air Canada. Take it easy on the car washing ( I know everyone does it) but while you are washing the car someone else in the island may be experiencing a water shortage and a dirty car will drive just as well as a clean car.

  36. Thomas Gresham

    Dear Sargent,

    Come. We may be slipping into recession and the dry season may be a little wetter than normal, and we may have a few more things to grumble about but when all is said and done, you will feel at home and chilled, 5 mins after you have left Grantley Adams.

    You would like my proposal for reducing income tax by raising land tax as it would shift the burden of taxation onto those on the west coast with the big villas and it would also help to ensure that we do not get run away house price inflation – though that is not the key priority at the moment.

    Dear Hants – thanks for the Gabby clip. I am a Gabby fan, though I suspect his best stuff is behind him.

  37. Hants

    @ Sargeant

    Air Canada will have a bounce for the Test match but their airfares to Barbados are going to stay at around $500CAD.

    Its a good deal and they allow 100lbs of luggage so if yuh got family dat poor yuh cud help dem out
    or if yuh family rich yu can still car dum nuff smoke salmon and single malt.

    Be carefuk. TG will hunt yuh down an tax yuh as a defacto an infacto returning national.

    Family is family.

  38. Sargeant

    Hants: My family and I prefer the fish caught in Barbados waters, for purposes of this note the waters off Tobago are considered local (LOL). The Oistins’ Fish Festival is on in March hopefully there will be plenty of fish for me should I decide to make the trip. I can take or leave the cricket.

    I don’t want to pour cold water over your smoked salmon but I hope that they are not farm raised.

    See David Suzuki warning

    Click to access PSF_Salmon_Brochure.pdf

  39. Hants

    @ Sargeant

    I am careful what I eat.

    A lot of smoked salmon sold in Canada is from China.

    Hope you go and enjoy the fresh fish and get some heat in the bones.

    Barbados is still sweet fuh days.

  40. J

    Dear Thomas you wrote “The question J raises (I think) is not that we need to stop returning nationals or their benefit, but we need to properly consider the costs to the Barbadian tax payer. ”

    Exactly.

    Sargeant wrote “Are the multi millionaires who inhabit the West Coast paying their fare share of taxes?”

    Probably not, but they should.

    Sargeant also wrote “Baby boomers everywhere are looking for warm climes to retire to…so what’s a poor Bajan like me supposed to do?

    Retire to Barbados of course, but just as your current government will send your pension to you, ask them to send your health insurance also. Surely you can see that I am not being unreasonable?

    A lot of the people whom I love live in the great white north.

  41. J

    Thomas Gresham wrote “The Indian economic renaissance in the 1990s was led by returning nationals from Silicon Valley. ”

    Ahh!!! young, healthy, well educated, highly skilled returning nationals.

    Now ya talking’

  42. J

    Wait BFP:

    You moderate me ’cause I use the word wh*te? Is wh*te a bad word now? And if so how else am I going to describe the snows of Canada?

    Shall I say that a lot of the people whom I love live in the great pink North? That sounds good to you?

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  44. health

    Its amazing how people have such bad thoughs about the ambulance services, but permit me to shed some light first im not sure if you know this but every call that is placed for an ambulance has to be responded, emergency or not.

    With limited resources at times and not being able to respond in a timely mannar yes creates a problem hence call are pioritorize in emergency or non emergency in other words whats urgent we respond whats not can hold strain you would not expect to send for a broken toe over a cardiac patient.

    Sadly though we do more non emergency calls than emergency calls, and on average we can do 100 calls on a light day.

    But people abuse this service hence the long wait so lets see does anyone complain to say that i broke my toe I called an ambulance and i got one?does anyone argue when they go to their private doctors and are told to go to the h ospital instead they go home and call the ambulance? doea anyone argue when the go to the department A&E and because its a long wiat go home to get food and then call for an ambulance to bring them back?

    I think its time we look at healcare seriously in barbados I strongly a fee should be applied for stupid calls and non emergency if its an emergency fine or the eldrly but otherwise a fee should be applied then im sure an improvement in responce time would be seen

    This service is a

  45. health

    Let me take this time to thank the minister of health for the good word being done at the hospital.

    Thanks for our canteen which was closed for over five years finally its bak and i have a place to sit and eat in comfort.