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No elective surgeries

Doctors say emergency procedures only at QEH

Doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital say the current situation facing the island’s premier medical facility is at crisis stage, with hospital management and representatives of the Board informing them today that the QEH would, with immediate effect, only be performing urgent and emergency surgeries.

“It can not be business as usual.  We believe that the short term financial injection [or] supplements have failed to rectify the serious situation that exists at the QEH and we urge the Government to immediately restore adequate levels of funding in order to prevent harm to our patients,” Dr Vikash Chatrani, the first Vice President of the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) told journalist following an emergency meeting this evening of BAMP.

“[They] confirmed the QEH is experiencing critical shortages in basic and essential supplies.  As a result of these critical shortages, BAMP was informed that the QEH will only be performing urgent and emergency surgical procedure with immediate effect.

“Our members are very concerned that the standard of medical care has been compromised as a result of these shortages.

“These challenges extend beyond the surgical and affect the four ICUs [the Neo-natal, Pediatric, Medical and Surgical Intensive Care Units], the Accident and Emergency Department, Laboratory and Imaging Services,” Dr Chatrani added.

He noted that it was now difficult to provide the standard of care that was required at the institution.

“So when somebody comes in and has a problem whether they come to Accident and Emergency, whether they come to the operating theatre, we do not have the resources to give them the standard of care they deserve as Barbadian citizens,” Chatrani said.

His comments were echoed the President of BAMP, Dr Carlos Chase.

Going more in depth into the extent of the shortage, Dr Chase explained that critical medical supplies such as sutures, gloves, linens, and blood gasses were not available.

“We don’t have the proper equipment . . . we don’t have the CT scan to diagnose you properly.  We can’t treat you if the ICU can’t ventilate you properly, so it is not us [BAMP] telling you anything.  We are just saying that this is happening and we are concerned and we want the Government to restore the levels so we can move on and treat our patients.

“ . . . In other words, if you get a cut we have to stitch you up with a suture.  There are no sutures.  We have to use the sutures for the people who are in an urgent situation.  We can’t do elective surgeries because if we do that, for example, when a little child comes to have its appendix [removed] then you can’t treat them properly.  When someone comes with a stroke, you can’t do the imaging to treat them properly that is what it means,” Chase explained.

BAMP’s second Vice President Chaynie William explained that while the Accident and Emergency Department still had the capacity to deal with all life threatening scenarios, they were still challenged, and as a result, the standard of care has been affected.

So far, the hospital’s management has not responded to the doctors’ claims.


11 Responses to No elective surgeries

  1. Duchess Doordie
    Duchess Doordie July 8, 2014 at 6:44 am

    Just wen we thought it couldn’t get any worst at that institution smh,I guess the patient will have to go get diagnosed and buy whatever is necessary to treat them, I take it the morgue is working fine hmm.

  2. Kimberley Maynard
    Kimberley Maynard July 8, 2014 at 7:24 am

    So what about the people that getting surgeries put back all the time this is foolishness. Get another date and then d same thing again.

  3. Rawle Mayers
    Rawle Mayers July 8, 2014 at 7:43 am

    This can’t be real!…Barbados need a Department Of Common Sense.

  4. Prince Shepheard
    Prince Shepheard July 8, 2014 at 8:01 am

    Dont worry de constituency councils and de foot ball welll funded and recieved no cuts

  5. Santini More
    Santini More July 8, 2014 at 8:10 am

    This Govt is incapable of running the country. Their mismanagement of the economy is bringing Barbados to a state of near collapse. The country cannot survive thru 3 more years of this madness…We need an election NOW!

  6. Movement of Concerned Citizens
    Movement of Concerned Citizens July 8, 2014 at 8:22 am

    This government lashes out against anyone who is daring enough to speak out and tell the people of #Barbados the truth. Only yesterday they literally ‘bused UWI for presenting an Economic Impact Assessment. We now wait for the ‘busing they will unleash on BAMP. That’s their M.O. Deny and ‘Buse, Deny and ‘Busy. #FreudelMustGo

  7. Angel Blossoms
    Angel Blossoms July 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    I too was schedule for surgery and was turn back yesterday .

  8. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha July 8, 2014 at 9:06 am

    Thank god for small blessings….I got out of there.

  9. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte July 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

    What has brought it to this stage? Can we look at the lifestyles and action of the persons who end up at the QEH? Could it be that some of the cases being handle by the QEH should be paid for by the patients?

    It’s a free service and yes government should ensure that essential supplies and medicine are avaibable for the most but is it being abuse by people who take it for granted?

  10. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry July 8, 2014 at 10:38 am

    This government is nothing more than a lying bully plain and simple. We gotta stop talk and grumble and try to get them out of office.

  11. Fiona Waldron July 8, 2014 at 11:58 am

    Gasp! You mean Jerome Walcott was not lying when he spoke out on this issue and got abused????


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