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Where has the money gone?

Leader of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party Mia Mottley says the cash flow problems at the QEH should be of serious concern, not only because many lives were being put at risk.

She contended today that the hospital should not be faced with the current financial difficulties since up to March, during the debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, the House had voted for a $32 million supplementary on top of the $145 million that was allocated during the 2013/2014 budget.

“Therefore the question begs itself, how much money did the Queen Elizabeth Hospital receive in the first quarter from what had been voted in the $145 million?”

Mottley also noted that “yesterday the acting Chief Executive Officer did not locate the problem as a $20 million problem, the hospital owes $43 million today.

“How does the hospital still owe $43 million when it received a supplementary of $32 million before March [but] it is not even fully into the second quarter of the fiscal year?, she asked, before surmising that the institution was suffering from “an acute cash flow crisis”.

“That acute cash flow crisis has meant that supplies are as basic to a hospital as sutures and gloves and linens and pharmaceuticals are being affected because the suppliers will tell you that they have been unable to have significant arrears cleared,”  she explained.

“One company in this country up to a few months ago was owed $20 million for pharmaceuticals. . . and they made it clear they will supply only on cash on delivery,” Mottley added.

Additionally, she argued that when the nation’s main healthcare facility could be experiencing a situation where critical pieces of equipment were not functioning, or when in the middle of an operation the electricity goes, in spite of there having been a $20 million upgrade of electrical supply, there was cause for serious concern.

Mottley said that more than an assured infusion of $22 million into the hospital in five to 10 days was required of the Minister of Health John Boyce.

She said the issue of the proper management of Government’s cash flow problem needs to be addressed.


14 Responses to Where has the money gone?

  1. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce July 9, 2014 at 2:40 am


  2. Carib Digita
    Carib Digita July 9, 2014 at 2:59 am

    IDK. I wish a very good day to Junior Allsop a relative of my father’s side serving on the QEH board. Can you look into this SIR??

  3. Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke
    Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke July 9, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Where’s the auditor general?

  4. Sherry Gittens
    Sherry Gittens July 9, 2014 at 4:36 am

    The same time this year mark clinch there was to be an investigation into over time pay that staff were receiving that they should not received my thing is did that person pay back the money before or they leave ……..secondly if you investigating this situation would you not bring in the auditors and try to see how the money is being spent cause it seems who ever in accounts at the hospital things it looking right at all

  5. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 9, 2014 at 4:54 am

    You know I ask that same question 3 years ago and everyone cuss me out now she asking.ha

  6. Jackie Alleyne July 9, 2014 at 6:17 am

    We, as citizens have to declare our earnings, every financial year -The Government needs to be accountable for the large sums of money that they are dealing with in Government – I cannot understand why these things are happening when Government is pressuring citizens with more and more tax yet, a shortage of money in different government departments keeps showing up. Where is the Freedom of Information Act, that is the simplest and fairest solution – The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that gives you the right to access information from the government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens in the know about their government

  7. Francis McClean
    Francis McClean July 9, 2014 at 7:05 am

    Lord have mercy… hospital too. I need good news. Wha functioning properly in Bdos right now.

  8. Jackie Alleyne July 9, 2014 at 7:26 am

    One minute Government don’t have any money, next minute they are talking in terms of injecting millions of dollars into departments. It is embarrassing, a barrage of misleading words – what is truth, this nonsense has to stop. These are our Leaders !! What a joke !!

  9. Shaka Philosopha Miller
    Shaka Philosopha Miller July 9, 2014 at 10:20 am

    ppl talking, but if you listen to the colypso music from the 90s they spoke of all the social and economical issues we suffered. stop playing political ping pong and get to the meat of the matter….both parties know where the money gone. so stop pointing at each other like you dont know. LIES WUNNA TELLING…

  10. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte July 9, 2014 at 10:30 am

    What is the Salary & Wages bill of the QEH?

  11. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown July 9, 2014 at 11:57 am

    don’t get sick now. Better Sinckler says we are just making sure they aren’t absing supplies?? Is he for real??

  12. Rickie Nurse July 9, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    When a person come into a hospital in a critical condition for what ever reason, he’s first assessed to determine the course of preliminary treatment. Where there is hemorrhaging, that area is giving priority and the patient sedated either by injection or pills. If the Minister is saying that the QEH isn’t in crisis and yet it needs an immediate cash injection for the short to medium term, something is dead wrong and he is telling the people lies. He needs to tell the people where all the allocated money for the hospital has gone and how it was spent and why at this stage there is a need to give an emergency injection of $20 million dollars . Come clean Mr. Minister, if you can.


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