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Control free clinics –– Lady Haynes

While welcoming a media report that an offshore medical university resident in Barbados planned to offer free clinics, Senator Carol Lady Haynes is concerned about such services “springing up” uncontrollably.

Lady Haynes today voiced her anxiety in the Senate during debate on the Caribbean Accreditation Authority Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (Incorporation) Bill, 2016, which was approved by the Upper Chamber.

The measure provides for the implementation by Barbados of the agreement establishing the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for education in medicine and other health professionals.

Lady Haynes referred to a recent media report that the American University of Barbados (AUB) was awaiting Government approval for it to offer Barbadians free treatment at AUB clinics.

“I am really concerned with what exactly that is and how that works into the system,” she said.

“If the offshore schools will be providing free clinics it would seem to me that once it is with the correct supervision, the polyclinics would be the ideal place to do that. I would have a concern of free clinics springing up all over Barbados outside of our health system.”

However, she said supervised introduction of the AUB’s free clinics into the polyclinics would be welcomed, because, “I know that our polyclinics have been sorely overloaded over time”.

She reported that polyclinic doctors complained at a Barbados Association of Retired Persons meeting over the weekend of each having to see 40 to 45 patients per day.

“That is really an impossible load,” the senator said.  

4 Responses to Control free clinics –– Lady Haynes

  1. Ras May 26, 2016 at 6:43 am

    Come on Lady Haynes, in private practice some Docs see 80 or more patients per day at $80 each

  2. Alex Alleyne May 26, 2016 at 7:45 am

    Most DOC fees START AT BDS$125.00 per visit then you will be referred to a buddy in BELVILLE where you will drop a cool BDS$300 plus.

  3. Bobo May 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

    lady Haynes, as a professional wouldn’t it be appropriate to make a complete research of the ”subject”– than to be making a jackass–ass of yourself.

  4. Sue Donym May 26, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    Sounds like ample reason to get started on legislation to register, organise and review any such services. Until now the government would have provided these and saw no need to have a framework to specifically address this.

    The moves to polyclinics could well hamper the delivery of services, if they are to fall under the current lethargic, dated structure. New blood and new thinking could change the pace and attitudes and could possibly guide some positive changes in the government system.

    Of course speed would never surpass the need for thoroughness and adherence to strict health standards and safety practices, which is why a strong regulatory base must be a forerunner. I imagine any such facility would also be providing opportunities for their student doctors and might even be able to offer much needed additional spaces.

    On the other hand, who would want to invest in outfitting or supplying a government polyclinic, only to see their efficiencies go the way of the well known Bajan system.


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