No ambulance for Barbados accident victim – waits 2 hours on road

No ambulances, but we have some beautiful cricket pitches!

It has been three and a half years since UK tourist Olga Stewart died in the back of a Barbados taxi as she was being transported from Grantley Adams International Airport to the hospital. The ambulance didn’t come to the airport so she died as her desperate family and a passing taxi driver tried to save her.

At the time our government vowed that things would change, but like so many government statements this was only a PR response to an embarrassing moment. For our leaders it’s all about managing the fallout, not about really protecting citizens and visitors.

Gotta keep up appearances or those tourists might stop coming! Every time this happens the bigshots hold a few press conferences and talk about some new ambulances and scheduling but nothing is really done.

That’s the way it is with the DLP and the BLP politicians. Happens every time and, when they finally get around to talking about the latest “Ambulance didn’t come” story, we can predict what they will say. You can predict it too – just read a few of the old stories again.

Olga Stewart died in 2007 in the back of a taxi - No ambulance came

Today’s “No ambulance” victim is Mr. John Seale, a pedestrian who lay on the road for almost two hours after being knocked down by a car on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Seale was crossing the Princess Alice Highway from Barbados Tourism Investment Inc..

Think about it… injured man lying on the road in front of Barbados Tourism Investment for almost two hours and no ambulance. Now there’s an advertisement for foreign investment if we ever saw one!

For two decades our so-called leaders have concentrated on massive show-projects instead improving and maintaining the foundational infrastructure that used to differentiate Barbados from other Caribbean nations. They corruptly spend hundreds of millions on failed ventures like Hotels & Resorts, and award public housing contracts to friends and relatives. The political elites sip champagne at the UN, in Geneva and Beijing – while old women still haul water in pails like their slave ancestors before them and critically injured pedestrians lie on the road for two hours.

Time to vote independent, folks. Knock the DLP and BLP off their golden pedestals. Vote for anyone but the two old corrupt political parties.


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Corruption, Disaster, Health, Human Rights, Offshore Investments, Political Corruption, Politics, Politics & Corruption

11 responses to “No ambulance for Barbados accident victim – waits 2 hours on road

  1. richard paynter

    word press is well organised,i am impressed

  2. rasta man

    Could it be because he was white?

  3. ninemikemike

    I am often surprised that the mega-rich who frequent our shores should take the chance of the on-off medical treatment available here. If you suffered a heart attack in rush hour, you would die. These people play tennis for $60,000 a pont, so I wonder they haven’t got together and arranged an air ambulance – not for the likes of us, you understand, but for those who grace us with their presence.

  4. John Da Silva

    What is the average response time for an ambulance? Are these stats even available?

  5. Bajan Observer

    The average response time for an ambulance?
    The answer is very simple: if you are lucky 10 min. , but if you are not lucky… or you live in St. Philip ….X hrs. Same with Police.
    World Class …3d World Class!

  6. Rumboy

    Sad, but what is the latest on the incident in St Peter that occurred a couple months ago. Has the case been called, has the crown been satisfied. Tell us…
    Unfortunate that this had to have been made on another forum but when a point is made on your ‘ open discussion ‘ nothing ever come out.

  7. Sweetchild

    Do hope the victim is doing well

  8. victor

    Since Barbados has chosen tourism as its biggest earner, might be a good idea to look after the goose that lays the golden egg….

  9. Politically Tired

    Rasta man,
    Tell me if you had to call for an ambulance would’nt you say ‘there’s been an accident at ‘wherever’ a man been run over, we need an ambulance’?
    You trying to tell me you’d say ‘a white man (or a black man) been run over’ instead?

    Sometimes I feel there is no hope.

  10. Bajan Observer

    Pol. Tired

    Just look at it on this way: some people write things without connect they brain! There is hope my brother.

  11. Bonjour

    There has never been and will never be a situation where there is an ambulance available within % minutes of each call. It does not happen in rich countries and it will never happen here unless we are prepared to tripple on the budget allocated to the ambulance service.

    We need to have more people trained in basic first aid as first responders.

    Secondly, each day there are lots of Barbadians and visitors alike whose lives are saved not just by a timely response by the ambulance service but also the professionalism of the staff there. You never see a story in the media giving thanks to such deeds. There are just doing the jobs.

    There is always room for improvements, but I think that Barbadians have a good healthcare system. We can and must do more. But unfair criticism helps no one.