Boyce apologizes to King after injury

Minister of Health John Boyce has expressed regret to the family of Ryan King, who was injured while undergoing surgery at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in April.

King, who had been rushed to the QEH for a gunshot wound, was on the operating table when the table collapsed as the doctors were completing the procedure.

“I want to assure the family that the risk management team at the hospital is taking care of all the issues around that,” Boyce said today following a media report that King and his mother had complained about a lack of empathy by the hospital.

Boyce also announced that a replacement for the faulty operating table was being purchased at a cost of US$94,000.

“It is not just a bed, it is not a table, it is a very important piece of equipment required,” Boyce told Barbados TODAY in a brief interview after delivering the feature address at the 16th Annual Professor E R Walrond Scientific Symposium at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital auditorium.

He added that the incident was a clear indication that the hospital needed to carry out regular checks to ensure safety.

“Obviously incidents like this point to the fact that we need to be more rigorous in terms of our maintenance checks, but at the same time we are grateful that nothing worse occurred and we can still carry out electric surgeries, especially in cases of emergencies,” he said.

The minister added that he hoped the 44-year-old King, of Hutson Alley, Reed Street in Bridgetown, would have a full recovery.

10 Responses to Boyce apologizes to King after injury

  1. Donna Harewood July 16, 2016 at 9:38 am

    It took THIS incident to make it clear that you need to have proper maintenance checks???????? Lord, have mercy upon us !

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  2. honest July 16, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Its really about Quality Assurance. We pay our taxes to make sure we receive proper care. Accidents happen though, but he should receive compensation. The apology by the Minister is a good start.

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  3. Carson C Cadogan July 16, 2016 at 1:22 pm

    Should not Dexter be offering the apology? Or does he not care?

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  4. BoboTheClown July 16, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    BOY DE TABLE BROOK DUNG WID HE? LOL.
    IF YOU WAS IN DE US OF A LOOK DE MONEY YOU HAVE WID A LAW SUIT . I HOPE YOU STILL CRYING FA YA “BACKNECK” AND ALL DE PARTS DAT YA COULD REMEMBER PUN YA BODY.
    DE TABLE BROOK DONG .HA,HA,HA, .DAH IS REAL FUNNY DOH .SUPPOSE DE KNIFE DID SLIP WHEN DEM WAS OVER YOU AND DE TABLE BROOK DUNG.WA LAW,WA LAW, WA LAW, . DE ALMIGHTY MUS AV HAD E HANDS UNDER DE TABLE.
    GA TO CHURCH PUN A SUNDY HEAR. LAW AV MERCI.

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  5. Tony Waterman July 16, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    “”He added that the incident was a clear indication that the hospital needed to carry out regular checks to ensure safety.””

    well said Captain Obvious

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  6. Richard July 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm

    I think QEH needs more than maintenance checks. This incident happened in April and we are just now ordering the table. Surgeons notes from the operation still cannot be found. Anyone been to casualty lately to see how people are treated. At times we have heard that surgeries or other treatments cannot be performed due to the lack of supplies.

    This hospital needs a thorough review from top to bottom.

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  7. The Negrocrat July 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Millions for a track at Bushy Park for the rich boys to race , but not a cent for a proper operating table for the QEH until it collapsed.

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    • Coralita July 16, 2016 at 8:03 pm

      Wait, you want Mark Maloney to tek he and the investors money and buy ah operating table for QEH? Where you get your info from that government put millions in Bushy Park? I was told the government only leased the operators the land, not put money in the track.

      Anyone who has facts, please share them.

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  8. Coralita July 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Someone should get fired for this. Thing that got me is their nasty attitudes to the family and hiding the record. God gine deal wid wunna one way or the next!!!

    To all of you at QEH who involved in this, just remember wunna got family too and if anything happens to any of them just remember KARMA is a b***h

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  9. Brewster July 18, 2016 at 10:14 am

    Glad Mr King is ok, but this is negligence and his lawyer should be claiming compensation. Do not leave it there! From the outside world this sounds soooo bad. If it was a tourist you would not hear the last of it. This is Barbados or is it a third world country?

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