Shortages of supplies at QEH will continue, warns BAMP

Doctors are warning that shortages of basic and essential supplies will continue at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) with Government cutting the allocation to the already underfunded facility by another $10 million this year.

The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) is calling for “necessary, decisive and corrective action to be taken now”.

The association voiced concern about the funding cut in a statement issued late Saturday, about 24 hours after the House of Assembly ended debate on the 2014/2015 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, during which healthcare and the financing of the QEH was extensively discussed.

BAMP's public relations officer Dr Lynda Williams.
BAMP’s public relations officer Dr Lynda Williams.

“The QEH was already underfunded and required large supplementals in order to function. A planned cut in the principal allocation, mounting arrears to suppliers, with no change of the business model, demonstrates a lack of will or understanding on the part of the Government to adequately address the financing of the hospital,” BAMP public relations officer Dr Lynda Williams said.

“Shortages of basic and essential supplies at the QEH are therefore bound to reoccur in the next fiscal year, in the absence of a definitive plan aligned to the reduced allocation. It is no longer acceptable to say that a change in healthcare financing is forthcoming when it is long overdue. We call for the necessary, decisive and corrective action to be taken now.”

Doctors have publicly complained in recent months about lack of drug and other essential supplies to tend to patients and announced on at least one occasion that they would be forced to deal with only emergency cases.

Dr Williams said while there has been monthly dialogue between the QEH administration and the doctors represented by BAMP and the Junior Doctors Association, they could not declare that all was well at the hospital.

36 Responses to Shortages of supplies at QEH will continue, warns BAMP

  1. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis March 21, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    hmm so minister need to get to work to bring that to an end

  2. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks March 21, 2015 at 11:53 pm

    This is so sickening one hospital and this is how is being treated

  3. Jude Parker
    Jude Parker March 21, 2015 at 11:55 pm


  4. Maria Leclair
    Maria Leclair March 22, 2015 at 12:06 am

    This is a lack of proper healthcare and should be considered criminal.

  5. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves March 22, 2015 at 12:12 am

    If they can only afford to deal with emergencies right now because of limited pharmaceutical supplies and the government plan to cut the financing by by 10 million……… i think that was just the “Emergencies Only” that went threw the door so i cant even begin to imagine what will happen to those who cant afford to pay for private health care.

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair March 22, 2015 at 12:22 am

      What a sad state of affairs that is when a hospital can’t even adequately provide the basic healthcare necessities.

    • Matthew Greaves
      Matthew Greaves March 22, 2015 at 12:30 am

      soo true, I knew the hospital had issues for years now,even before i was born so i heard, but it was never like this in the history of its existence

    • Maria Leclair
      Maria Leclair March 22, 2015 at 12:35 am

      I was in the QE twice in the 70s for a total of about 2 months, at that time the care was really good.

    • Matthew Greaves
      Matthew Greaves March 22, 2015 at 12:39 am

      well Tom Adams was the prime minister around that time and from what i heard and read he was a real good leader but as for these jokers that running the country now smh

    • Elissa Hold
      Elissa Hold March 22, 2015 at 6:43 am

      They running it to the ground

    • Cumberbatch Sophia
      Cumberbatch Sophia March 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

      Those who can’t pay will suffer I pray everday that

    • Cumberbatch Sophia
      Cumberbatch Sophia March 22, 2015 at 8:48 am

      I don’t have to go there

    • Matthew Greaves
      Matthew Greaves March 22, 2015 at 1:02 pm

      It already to d ground Elissa dem just finishing bury it now

  6. Ezekiel Baker
    Ezekiel Baker March 22, 2015 at 2:08 am

    Dismiss all the board
    Dismiss senor management
    Dismiss the chief executive
    Restructure the organisation
    Put the patients first.

    • Dexter Squires
      Dexter Squires March 22, 2015 at 7:34 am

      u r sooo correct

    • Antonio Cozier
      Antonio Cozier March 22, 2015 at 10:05 am


    • Ezekiel Baker
      Ezekiel Baker March 22, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      How many years the board of directors been in post!
      How many years the chief executive been in post!
      You can not run any organisation with the same persons in post for more than 7 years, at the top, They become stalls, the runs out of ideas, the blame everyone but the themselves.

  7. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe March 22, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Ever 60-90 days this same story appears …. Total insanity … Ezekiel approach is correct however I would fire the CEO today for starters

  8. jr smith March 22, 2015 at 5:41 am

    Hear,hear, @Mr, baker, the big issue,find the proper management to run this hospital.
    We must be honest with ourselves,you don’t employ bajans because its Barbados, you could see the failures year upon year of most of our infrastructure,not selecting the skill personnel.

  9. Tony Webster March 22, 2015 at 6:12 am

    There is only one thing that would be worse, than taking sick now and finding yourself headed to Q.E.H. for “serious medical interventions”. Like, if you were also a shareholder in any of the five pharmaceutical suppliers who are going to be waiting till Al Barracks cows come home…to get the twenty-something millions owed.

  10. Jenny Maynard
    Jenny Maynard March 22, 2015 at 6:23 am

    I know their are are trying to get rid of poor people when you take healthcare and food prices out of reach

  11. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 22, 2015 at 7:18 am

    ‘Shortage of basic supplies at the QEH’ for how long? The government want the money from the IMF with a ‘special clause’ don’t tell us how to spend it and don’t ask back for it when we want funds just send it. What happened to the funding?

  12. Diana Cummins
    Diana Cummins March 22, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Every one here is totally upset at how the QEH is operating,that is understandably, it is also right to say that the over the past years,population in Barbados in the area of humans lives has increased, the amount of sickness in young and old has increased, and a country that are not producing nothing financially ,these things have to happen.however, if the government would come up with a solution that everyone that uses the clinics, or the QEH, to paid a five dollars copay, which the money would go towards medical supplies ,we as bajan would cuss ,we have gotten everything for free for so long, but if we are honest, we also would look at the high prices in which medical supplies are costing now, than ten years ago,and these expensive are not government doing,but the companies that supplies. Some may not like my comments,it is ok,to disagree, but at the end of the day,it is what it is, is a sad .

  13. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte March 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Why is BAMP not preaching prevention?

  14. Dexter Squires
    Dexter Squires March 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

    shortages of good brains as-well…..

  15. Wayne P Hoyte
    Wayne P Hoyte March 22, 2015 at 7:33 am

    Are Barbadians so hung up on getting sick and being sick?

  16. Michele Monique Antoinette
    Michele Monique Antoinette March 22, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I’m guessing Minister can afford private even care outside Barbados so he’s not too worried about how it impacts the general population

  17. Wendy Stewart
    Wendy Stewart March 22, 2015 at 7:57 am

    A frightening shame!

  18. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer March 22, 2015 at 7:58 am

    As I was made to understand yesterday that my sister-in-law brother was in hospital for two weeks on a public ward. He wasn’t told that he has to pay for being there. Now he is being asked to pay a bill for 11 hundred dollars. It is ridiculous if it is really true.

  19. Zabeeda Abdool
    Zabeeda Abdool March 22, 2015 at 8:36 am


  20. Cumberbatch Sophia
    Cumberbatch Sophia March 22, 2015 at 8:45 am

    The writing is on the wall we will soon have to pay and who can’t pay will suffer whilst those that implemented this measures will fly to the USA and get treatment.

  21. Julie Leenders
    Julie Leenders March 22, 2015 at 11:23 am

    Ffs WHY doesn’t this government actually give up and admit defeat before we don’t have no beautiful country left

  22. Elaine Crichlow
    Elaine Crichlow March 22, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Trying to be a Country we’re not has placed our Country in Paril….


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