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New ambulances for QEH

Two new ambulances  will be added to the current fleet of emergency services vehicles on Tuesday, Minister of Health John Boyce announced today.

Addressing a service at the Pegwell Community Church to mark the start of the observance of International Nurses Week this morning, Boyce said this will bring to six, the number of ambulances brought into the island for use by the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) since he became Minister of Health in 2013.


Minister of Health John Boyce.

Records show that the QEH received four new Toyota ambulances in early 2014.

According to Dr David Byer, Medical Consultant in charge of Accident & Emergency at that time, the QEH was operating on one dedicated ambulance and a utility response vehicle which was doubling as an ambulance.

In that 2014 statement Byer gave the assurance that, “soon our fleets will be supplemented with up to six ambulances and we will be able to function effectively as an emergency ambulance service on our own, except in special situations where we would require the excess numbers”.

Boyce is also optimistic that the additional vehicles will ease the burden emergency services.

“I know that being able to get into the country and get our people who are not well, picked up or attended to and being accompanied to the hospital is an important part of delivery of health care, and urgent health care in Barbados.

“When there is an emergency and we have an urgent care need, we need as a country to be able to respond. And I’m fairly comfortable that you will not hear in Barbados that cry for ambulances that used to be par for the course a couple years ago,” he said.

29 Responses to New ambulances for QEH

  1. Winston Gittens
    Winston Gittens May 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Two added and two subtracted.. So the grand total remains the same..

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      But these two are equipped with the technology to do the work of the four old ones. Now put dat in yah pipe and smoke it.

      • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 9, 2016 at 5:18 am

        You cannot fault the effort of the government for bringing in two fully equipped ambulances. After all, two is better than none at all. However, I would like to know the cost of the two ambulances so I can weigh it against the 7 million dollars being spent on our independent celebrations over 12 months. I ask this because base on the cost of the ambulances, which I know cannot cost a million a piece, and let us say, base on my best guess, the price tag was in the vicinity of $500,000, we could have had 14 fully equipped ambulances that is a greater justification than the justification provided for 12 months of independence celebrations that could be done for the entire of month of November at a fraction of what it is costing for 12 months. But, it is all about understanding the value of importance and the significance of 50 years of independence compared to providing the best services available for a health care system that cannot be compared so it is left weighing in the balance.

    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles May 8, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      this technology includes splitting them into 4 so they would be able to reach the same amount of people at the same time?

    • Lennox Hewitt
      Lennox Hewitt May 8, 2016 at 11:34 pm

      So you mean replacing den ? if i understand you correctly replacing what mashup

    • Maria Leclair Dasilva
      Maria Leclair Dasilva May 9, 2016 at 12:48 am

      So they are still 2, very misleading wording it so it appears there are 2 new one’s being added. He needs a kick in rear for trying to pull a fast one.

  2. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes May 8, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Just make sure they are updated and fully equipped.

  3. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 8, 2016 at 9:50 pm

    Every little bit helps, but the haters will cry down your efforts no matter what you do sir.

    • Veronica A. Piggott
      Veronica A. Piggott May 8, 2016 at 10:23 pm

      So true bajans are becoming a nation of ungrateful people and no matter what they complain

  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 8, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Mark Fenty

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 8, 2016 at 10:06 pm

      It is ain’t no use because I am blind in one eye and farsighted in the next.

    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd May 8, 2016 at 10:36 pm

      Mark Fenty You Are Blind In Booth Who Was Talking About One Eye Except You Mean Old Brigand

  5. Mark Fenty
    Mark Fenty May 8, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    Lilian Lloyd, I remember vividly when the Adams/St. John Administrations made a mockery of the public purse, and Barrow vowed to put and end to it, and he did.

    • Iteebah Cadogan
      Iteebah Cadogan May 9, 2016 at 3:29 am

      I realise you reside in a bubble from som d comments you does make

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 9, 2016 at 5:48 am

      Iteebah Cadogan, you have made a blanked statement with little in the way fact to support your assertion. Now what is it that I have stated that gives you difficulty to understand? You cry down this government, but fall short of recalling the past indiscretions of previous BLP Administrations.

    • Iteebah Cadogan
      Iteebah Cadogan May 9, 2016 at 5:53 am

      That’s your prob step out d past boss

    • Mark Fenty
      Mark Fenty May 9, 2016 at 6:01 am

      Well the past with its good and evil lives in the present, I thought yah dah know dah doh? Sorry, because it appear as though that I’ve miscalculated in somewhere!

  6. Barbados Posters Wellred
    Barbados Posters Wellred May 8, 2016 at 10:27 pm

    put one in st. john (firestation) and one in st. peter..(polyclinic)…to reach the ends faster

  7. Ras Small
    Ras Small May 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    What bout QEH?! Um still stink. Tek a look at de windows.

  8. Nico HL Beckles
    Nico HL Beckles May 8, 2016 at 11:19 pm

    The QEH in no form was ever a great hospital but in 8 years this parliamentary poison has transformed it to a death sentence

    • Sunshine Sunny Shine May 9, 2016 at 5:25 am

      You would got to be kubba. The QEH during and well after its construction was a model of modernity and beauty during its time. It was an admirable health care institution that was the envy of the Eastern Caribbean for a very long time. What it is now is a politician’s after use discard and years of constant neglect. It became the good excuse to funnel supplies and finances through its name but for the greed and scams of other names. In other words, it was just an excuse to get what it was not getting.

  9. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer May 9, 2016 at 1:01 am

    Every little bit counts, but the way in which Boyce talked, I really thought there were 5 or 6

  10. Iteebah Cadogan
    Iteebah Cadogan May 9, 2016 at 3:28 am

    Two added and two subtracted so wats his his point againnnnn??

  11. jrsmith May 9, 2016 at 8:17 am

    My take adding 2 new ambulances is this meaning more ill persons would get to the hospital much sooner , but will wait to be seen hours much longer.. what would be interesting what make is these 2 vehicles and the value, and could have bought others more equip and cheaper…. everything have its price…

  12. lswiltshire May 9, 2016 at 10:18 am

    New ambulances for QEH.
    When will they ever learn?
    Why are ambulances still stationed in Bridgetown? Or assigned to QEH?
    Why are ambulances NOT stationed at Polyclinics or regionally to facilitate movement towards the polyclinics or QEH?
    Why is QEH still the hub of Healthcare in Bim?
    Why can not the folk paid to implement Healtcare see that QEH ought now only be for accidents and emergencies not treatable at the Polyclinics and GP offices?
    Why is there talk about abandoning the QEH and building another hospital, instead of building other specialists hospitals?
    Why do we have to have people with doctorates in Healthcare management to mess up the QEH, when at its very best, neither Neville Millington or Mr Williams had no such qualifications, but did a wonderful job?

  13. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews May 9, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I would love they would cut down the time you have to wait for an appointment to see a doctor . 11month to see a cardiologist is not good

  14. jrsmith May 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

    That’s how party politics plays it self out in Barbados, always deem to failure, the question do you fit the person to the job or the job to the person , jobs for the party faithful’s most not capable or able to run a tap…
    We are been educated but seems not to visualize the future, or who will build the future, our island people has been lucky so far decade after decades not having the disaster as other countries, we with our single major hospital..
    What we in Barbados need 3 new hospitals each 40% size of the QE strategically placed .. one at (Warrens) one (Four square) Bring ST. Joseph up to par and rebuild (QE ) this is a push for medical tourism and bajans a better health and medical service…

  15. recoanthony May 9, 2016 at 8:40 pm



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