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QEH to introduce security scanners

Tighter security measures are due to take effect at the state-run Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) on Sunday.

Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James said today the new measures, which were being implemented on a phased basis, would first be introduced in the Accident & Emergency Department (A&E).

Dexter James

Chief Executive Officer Dr Dexter James

He said new security personnel were being hired for A&E, adding that visitors to the hospital would soon be required to pass through security scanners, as well as have their bags and other personal belongings checked upon entry.

The move follows two recent security breaches at the island’s main health care institution.

Last Thursday, an emergency staff meeting was also summoned by management to discuss the safety of employees and patients.

Dr James told the meeting that the hospital’s board of management was very concerned about the recent lapses, including two separate incidents in which an armed man threatened the lives of staff, and the tyres of vehicles parked on the compound were slashed.

“The Queen Elizabeth Hospital is giving the assurance that the safety of staff, visitors and patients is the number one priority,” the CEO assured.

 Director of Support Services Louise Bobb also pointed out that while the Charter for the Rights of Patients provides a measure of protection to patients at the hospital from physical, verbal and mental abuse, there was need for patients and visitors to be courteous and respectful to staff.

3 Responses to QEH to introduce security scanners

  1. jr smith May 8, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Why at these times, of varying technology , Barbadians iis making so hard to deploy and introduce security measures , at QEH, cameras can so easily introduce,or you all are waiting for a foreigner to arrive to teach you all how and what to do.

    • Kevin May 8, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      I don’t think the workers going to want cameras installed for reasons best known to some of them.

  2. Tony Waterman May 8, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    @Kevin!!!!! who really cares ifnthe workers don’t want cameras for what ever reason, they are workers/Employees not Administrators, if they don’t want cameras, they can go work somewhere else that don’t have cameras.
    If the Government had installed the promised Cameras at GAIA, and did’nt seemingly bow to the Customs and Immigration officers who were against it, Shanique Myrie might NOT have won $77.000 from us.
    administators are hired to do what is GOOD for the Institution/Businesses that they are hired to run, not to follow the Negative attitudes of Lazy workers, who don’t want to be caught .


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