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BAMP issues warning in response to BRA policy

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There is a warning today from the medical fraternity that continuing patient care in Barbados could be in jeopardy, with doctors scheduled to meet in emergency session next Tuesday at 5 p.m. to determine their next move.

The Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners (BAMP) is gravely concerned that Government’s proposed legislation for use of a tax clearance certificate as a requirement for registration could affect patient care.

“If you can’t register, that would have implications for patient care,” BAMP’s public relations officer, drlyndawilliams told Barbados TODAY in a brief comment that followed an official notice that was sent to all doctors inviting them to the meeting in Marigold Room, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

“This important meeting will allow us to update you on the implications of this proposed requirement for professional medical practice; inform you of the response of other professional bodies and will determine BAMP’s position on the matter going forward,” the notice states.

The letter, signed by General Secretary Dr Manohar Singh, also informed the medical practitioners – members and non-members – that their input at “this very important meeting” was required.

“This issue,” BAMP cautioned, “is not a trivial one, as it affects all physicians in public and private practice alike and has implications for the continuing care of patients.”

BAMP said it had received official correspondence from the Barbados Revenue Authority (BRA) with respect to the tax clearance certificate that is required for registration of professionals in 2016.

That correspondence, signed by BRA’s Manager for Customer Services Angela Durham, informed BAMP that all professionals seeking to renew their licences, will now be required to produce a tax clearance certificate from the Authority.

In order to facilitate the new requirement, the Authority is requesting that the medical association notifies or reminds its members and that they make the necessary application for clearance in a timely manner.

“We are asking your support in requesting that your members bring their statutory obligations up to date, be it registering with the BRA or bringing their filings and/ or payments up to date,” the notice said. (EJ)

8 Responses to BAMP issues warning in response to BRA policy

  1. BaJan boy November 27, 2015 at 5:43 am

    BAMP should wait until year end and not one member should get a tax clearance but go to renew their licenses. When they refusal the renewals none of you would be able to work. Will these clowns allow people to die in hospital .etc. because of tax certificate then let them do it.

  2. Donna November 27, 2015 at 8:17 am

    I understand that this has implication for persons other than the doctors and that administrative hiccups will occur at times BUT IT COULD BE AVOIDED IF THEY WOULD PAY THEIR TAXES! Many of them received their education at the tax payer’s expense. Many of them still owe the Student Revolving Loan Scheme and refuse to repay and many of them are unscrupulously ordering necesary tests and procedures to line their pockets. Many of them do not pay the QEH for the use of facilities for their private patients. Many of them are in league with insurance companies selling their accident victim patients up the creek.

  3. Donna November 27, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Oops! Didn’t mean to post yet! That’s “unnecessary tests”. These things I speak of I know from personal experience. Let BAMP address that! These doctors ’bout here are something else with just a few exceptions. Some of them are not doctors but medical terrorists!

  4. Donna November 27, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Some of them are worse than the minibus men who complained that the fines were too high for them to pay.

  5. Bernard Codrington. November 27, 2015 at 10:10 am

    What does tax clearance have to do with a medical practitioner’s ability to practice. I think that it is the BRA who is the terrorist. If they have evidence that a member of BAMP is not paying taxes ,go after him. Do not hold patients to ransom. What is important ,paying taxes or a stress free health service? This is bare ignorance. All of us have our education paid for by the taxpayers. This is nothing but naked envy.

  6. Sue Donym November 27, 2015 at 6:39 pm

    I didn’t hear their uproar when others were asked to produce yearly tax and national insurance clearances. For years the very professionals that people look up to have been the ones flouting tax laws and refusing to file far less pay up. Why should the ones that earn so handsomely be supported by the lower income earners. Not fair! If it so institutionalised that these fraternities think they can continue to leech off honest citizens, yes, then use this method to bring them into the tax net.

    What a sorry excuse that it could impact patient care. Only if they are so far behind that they need to use all their office hours to get up to date. If they’ve been filing and paying, just apply for the clearance. Where are your personal and professional standards and ethics?

  7. dave November 27, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    BRA is composed and run by a bunch of envious people and these type of bajans always have an axe to grind. Why do you think the Customs people do not want BRA. My friends in Customs tell me that those people got together and when they saw the kind of money that some , not all Customs Officers were working for in overtime, they decided that them and their families should be getting that money and that is why they want Customs but I am told that Customs comprised of some of the most intelligent and qualified Public servants in the country. Very Very intelligent people up there at Customs and BRA cannot mess with the Customs boys and girls.
    The doctors should pay their taxes though. I am not excusing them Sometimes one goes to them and they take the money and do not give you a receipt and think that yuh foolish. Every professional who you pay and who not issue you with a receipt , you should report that person to the authorities . The authorities should pay every person who makes a report.

    I agree that some doctors are TERRORISTS -some -not all – Why do you think that Barbados is called the Amputation capital ? > Doctors get paid for every limb they cut off . It is about one thousand dollars per limb. All them want is nuff money, Big House and pretty cars to show off that them is “doctors” –fulfilling their little boy dreams and obsession with the ” Big House” and Big Car mentality. For some of them being a Doctor is all about Nuff money —plain and simple

  8. Loretta Griffith November 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    These days health care is spelt with the $ sign. There are not many Professor Walronds around. They were interested in dispensing health care (patient care) and not see the dollar as priority. I speak from experience.


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